Things to Do

Things to see & do

on Scilly

  1. Active & Outdoors
    There are plenty of ways you can get out and about to enjoy Scilly - on guided tours and excursions or simply by heading out with map in hand to explore.
  2. Tours & Sightseeing
    From island walks and archaeological explorations to wildlife and marine excursions, and sunset trips, you’ll be able to delve into Scilly’s past and learn more about our natural habitat and wildlife, our culture and our lifestyle.
  3. Explore Nature
    Scilly’s landscapes are one of its greatest assets. Get out and explore our amazing habitats and wildlife that flourish here, year round!
  4. Day Trips to Scilly
    If you're travelling to Scilly in a day, we want you to make the most of your short spell here. Use our handy day tripping guide for hot tips, things to see and do, and where to eat across the five inhabited islands.
  5. For the Family
    A family holiday on Scilly will lay down memories that children will treasure for the rest of their lives
  6. Attractions
    From the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden with its 20,000 exotic species from around the world, Elizabethan castles and fortresses, Bronze Age remains and burial chambers, famous shipwreck landmarks, incredible lighthouses, including Bishop Rock.
  7. History & Heritage
    From shipwrecks to treasure, and from Bronze Age burial chambers to deserted villages, the history of Scilly is utterly compelling.
  8. Arts & Culture
    Scilly has inspired a thriving artistic community. Creativity abounds on every island, inspired by our stunning surroundings.
  9. Shopping & online shopping
    It is one of Scilly’s most endearing features…. Pop-up stalls and honesty boxes dotted across all the islands
  10. Spa & Wellbeing
    Swaying palm trees, the scent of a sea breeze, a relaxing massage in a luxury spa

Different Scilly

adventures everytime

  1. Island Hopping
    With five inhabited islands and lots of uninhabited islands, one of the most enjoyable things to do on Scilly is 'island hopping' using "tripper" boats.
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  1. The Abbey Arch in Tresco Abbey Garden
    A view across Tresco Abbey Garden
    The Mediterranean Garden in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Lucy Dorrien-Smith's Shell House in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Shaded glades in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Protea in Tresco Abbey Garden
    The Abbey Arch in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Subtropical planting in Tresco Abbey Garden
    A view across Tresco Abbey Garden
    Gaia sculpture in Tresco Abbey Garden
    The Abbey Arch in Tresco Abbey Garden
    A view across Tresco Abbey Garden
    The Mediterranean Garden in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Lucy Dorrien-Smith's Shell House in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Shaded glades in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Protea in Tresco Abbey Garden
    The Abbey Arch in Tresco Abbey Garden
    Subtropical planting in Tresco Abbey Garden
    A view across Tresco Abbey Garden
    Gaia sculpture in Tresco Abbey Garden

    Add Tresco Abbey Garden to your Itinerary

    Address

    Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ

    Telephone

    +44 01720 424108

    Tresco

    The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to 20,000 plants from more than 80 countries, flourishing just 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall. The plants that thrive…

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    • Gift Shop

    Attraction Facilities

    • Plant Sales
    • Shop
    • Tea Rooms

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted

    Key Features

    • Approx length of visit - We would recommend allowing at least half a day for your visit
    • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Accessibility

    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Whilst the garden does have a number of sets of steps, there is also an accessible route along shingle paths suitable for wheelchairs. For further information on accessibility around the garden, please call 01720 424108.
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant

    Establishment Features

    • Dogs Accepted - On leads
    • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
    • Open All Year
    • Toilets

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Please contact Tresco Abbey Garden for details
  2. Add Ingart designs by Inga Drazniece / Van Den Berg to your Itinerary

    Address

    Higher Town, St. Martin's, Isles of Scilly, TR25 0QL

    St. Martin’s

    Watercolour artist, photographer, enamel pin creator based on St. Martin's.

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  3. Add Bryher Shop to your Itinerary

    Address

    Bryher shop, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    01720 423601

    Isles of Scilly

    We are a small team who are focused on providing a comprehensive selection of fresh food and groceries, including vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, wine, soft drinks, ‘free from’ foods and all of your store cupboard…

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    Facilities

    Catering

    • Bread, Cakes and Biscuits and Confectionery
    • Drinks
    • Eggs and Dairy
    • Fish
    • Fruit, Vegetables and Culinary Herbs
    • Health Food
    • Meat and Poultry
    • Preserves/ Honey/ Chutney/ Oils
    • Ready Meals
    • Speciality Foods

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • Android pay accepted
    • Apple pay accepted
    • Cash & Cheque accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted

    Establishment Features

    • Independent Business
    • Open All Year
  4. Add 49 Degrees to your Itinerary

    Address

    Hugh Street, St Mary's, Isles Of Scilly, TR21 0LL

    Telephone

    01720 423288

    St. Mary’s

    The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparel

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  5. Add Wine Tasting at Holy Vale Vineyard to your Itinerary

    Address

    Holy Vale, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NT

    Telephone

    01720 420317

    St. Mary’s

    Join Holy Vale Vineyard owner and wine enthusiast Robert Francis for a delicious pre-supper treat. Enjoy a selection of fine wine tastings and accompanying canapes.

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  6. Add St. Martin's Watersports to your Itinerary

    Address

    Par Beach, St. Martin's, TR25 0QL

    Telephone

    07470711857

    St. Martin’s

    We are based at Par Beach on St Martin’s and offer sit on top kayak and stand up paddle board hire. Book online, have fun with the family, visit uninhabited islands or see the seals. Experience the beauty and…

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    COVID-19 Response

    • 2m distancing in place
  7. Add Scilly Food Boxes to your Itinerary

    Address

    Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    07876 285033

    Isles of Scilly

    Welcome to Scilly Food Boxes, a unique online food Box delivery service for self-catering guests holidaying in the Isles of Scilly.

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  8. Add Isles of Scilly Boat Hire to your Itinerary

    Address

    Bryher Boatyard, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    01720 422702

    Bryher

    Take adventure into your own hands by hiring a boat to explore the archipelago

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  9. Add Tresco Bike Hire to your Itinerary

    Address

    Smith Square, New Grimsby, Tresco, TR24 0QQ

    Telephone

    01720 422849

    Tresco

    Two wheels must be one of the best ways to explore Tresco. With miles of quiet roads and dusty tracks to travel along, you can enjoy the freedom of the whole island.

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  10. Add Scilly Succulents to your Itinerary

    Address

    Veronica Farm, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    07540 521137

    Bryher

    We are a succulent loving family who have been growing succulents for 20 years. So many of the guests in our holiday cottages asked for cuttings so we decided to set up our online store. Many of our succulents are grown…

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  11. Add Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Hall to your Itinerary

    Address

    Carn Gwaval, Nor Nour, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 424373

    Isles of Scilly

    The Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Hall includes a gym, MUGA and netball courts providing opportunities for a variety of sports and activities.

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  12. Add Scilly Spirit Distillery to your Itinerary

    Address

    Old Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NN

    Telephone

    01720 422400

    St. Mary’s

    At Scilly Spirit Distillery we offer tours of our Island Gin making, to see our 500 litre and 100 litres stills in action. At our Gin School you will learn about gin making and it’s history, enjoy some delicious gin…

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    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Ramp/Level Access

    Payment Methods

    • American Express accepted
    • Apple pay accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Visa accepted

    Establishment Features

    • Toilets

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  13. Add Normandy Swimming Pool to your Itinerary

    Address

    Normandy, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 423645

    St. Mary’s

    Normandy Pool is open all-year-round to both residents and non-residents. It features a full program of open sessions, swimming lessons and sessions for water babies. 

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  14. Add Salakee Farm Duck to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0NZ

    Telephone

    01720 422391

    St. Mary’s

    Salakee farm offer free range, island reared local duck meat on the Isles of Scilly.

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  15. Add The Scilly Cart Co to your Itinerary

    Address

    Porthmellon, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JY

    Telephone

    01720 422121

    St. Mary’s

    ****Closed for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic - hoping to re-open May 2021****

    The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s. With flexible hiring…

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  16. Add The Paper Shop (CJ Mumford) to your Itinerary

    Address

    Hugh Street, St Mary's, Isles Of Scilly, TR21 0LL

    Telephone

    01720 422438

    St. Mary’s

    Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only…

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  17. Add Tresco Stores to your Itinerary

    Address

    New Grimsby, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 422806

    Tresco

    From every day essentials to gourmet items, we have a wide selection of produce that will satisfy fussy kids as well as the most discerning foodie. We understand the needs of families staying on the island, especially…

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  18. Add Veronica Farm Fudge to your Itinerary

    Address

    Veronica Farm, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    01720 422862

    Bryher

    We're a family owned and run business where old traditions still hold. The Taylor family started making fudge twenty years ago on our farmhouse kitchen Aga. At Veronica Farm, on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly, we now…

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  19. Add St. Mary's Bike Hire to your Itinerary

    Address

    The Strand, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    07552 994709

    St. Mary’s

    What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike!  Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. Electric bikes now available.
    Coming for a day trip?  We can deliver to the airport.

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    Facilities

    Key Features

    • In town/city centre

    Leisure Facilities

    • Cycle hire

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted