Things to do

Never a dull moment

If you’re looking for things to do on Scilly, you won’t have far to search. From dawn till dusk (and later if you like) there are awe-inspiring sites, amazing sporting activities, wonderful galleries and craftshops to browse, unique attractions and fabulous places to eat.

Whether you are visiting for the first or the 40th time, there’s plenty to see and plenty to do. In fact, the more you peel back the layers of these fascinating islands, the more you will discover.

For those looking to kick-back and relax we have delightful beachfront cafés, scenic coastal walks, a vibrant Arts & Culture scene and one of the greatest gardens of Europe – Tresco Abbey Garden.

If you’re seeking action and thrills, there are plenty of Activities to seek out - you can dive, sail, kayak, windsurf, paddle board, horse ride, explore on mountain bikes and take part in organised sea-swims, to name a few activities. You can Walk & Hike, Cycle, Shop and of course enjoy Boat trips and Tours that will enable you to soak up the islands' atmosphere, our unique archaeological sites and our extraordinary Wildlife.

There is also a varied and vibrant Events programme throughout the season, kick starting with Walk Scilly week and the Folk Scilly Festival, both in April. Then we have the famous World Pilot Gig Championships held every year during the first Bank Holiday in May.

Throughout the spring, summer and autumn, there are island fetes, RNLI days, plus music, sports and food festivals. Numerous Scillonian bands also entertain at the pubs and clubs year round. In short, there is something for everyone if you like to be entertained. And if you don't? Well it's just as easy to slip away from it all to relax and recharge.

The Tourism Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach will give you the low-down. Pop in or follow @scillyTIC to keep up to date with What's On.

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Book a Bike on Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.

We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Special offer

Coastguards Cafe

St. Agnes Mar-Oct

Situated above Santa Warna Cove on St Agnes, behind the Coastguard Cottages with one of the wildest views in the UK. This cool family owned cafe serves great coffee, delicious homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas using local produce. Wifi access and lots of seating inside and out.Read more »

Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes All year

Troytown Farm is the only dairy farm in Scilly. Milking 9 dairy cows, it might also be the smallest in the country. Farming on a small scale works for us, as we process the milk in our little dairy and make very special ice cream, clotted cream, butter and yogurt to sell direct to our customers from our farm shop.

Recommended by Cool Places.Read more »

The Mermaid Inn

St. Mary's All year

Your first port of call on St Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro.

Open every day for food and drink.Read more »

Bryher Shop

Bryher All year

Freshly baked bread, deli, pasties, picnic food and local produce. A general store with an amazing array of stock including beach toys and camping equipment. Come and try a slice of our famous Scillonian Tattie cake - personally sampled by HRH Prince Charles!Read more »

Polreath Tea Room

St. Martin's Apr-Sep

Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.

Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm, April to September.
Closed Saturdays. 

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.Read more »

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.   Read more »

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. Children and adults can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £8.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's All year

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.Read more »

Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco All year

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. At the heart of the restaurant – and the menu – is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread.  It’s fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking.Read more »