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. Children playing on a four person paddle board
    A family leaving the beach on a single and double kayak
    A double kayak leaving one of the Eastern Isles
    Kayaks and SUPs on Par Beach ready for hiring
    Kayakers heading off to explore the Eastern Isles
    A couple and their dog on a kayak
    View of kayakers taken from the water
    A mother and son kayaking on still water
    Two boys kayaking on Ganilly sandbar
    Stand up paddleboarders
    Children playing on a four person paddle board
    A family leaving the beach on a single and double kayak
    A double kayak leaving one of the Eastern Isles
    Kayaks and SUPs on Par Beach ready for hiring
    Kayakers heading off to explore the Eastern Isles
    A couple and their dog on a kayak
    View of kayakers taken from the water
    A mother and son kayaking on still water
    Two boys kayaking on Ganilly sandbar
    Stand up paddleboarders

    Add St. Martin's Watersports to your Itinerary

    Address

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

    Telephone

    07470711857

    St. Martin’s

    Crystal clear waters, uninhabited islands, amazing wildlife and fun with the family - the best moments happen at sea! Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the islands as seen from the water. At St…

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    COVID-19 Response

    • 2m distancing in place
  3. Add Tanglewood Table to your Itinerary

    Address

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

    Telephone

    01720 422454

    St. Mary’s

    Three nights each week, Euan Rodger, former manager at London's savoy, now cooks for up to 8 people sitting around what was once the post office sorting table.

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    Facilities

    Catering

    • Take away service
  4. Add Island Cinema to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    07799732446

    St. Mary’s

    The Isles of Scilly’s first open air cinema has arrived! Relax in front of the big screen with popcorn and drink in hand and experience cinema under the stars as you never have before.

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  5. Add Community Observatory St. Martin's - COSMOS to your Itinerary

    Address

    St. Martin's Observatory, St. Martin's, Isles of Scilly

    St. Martin’s

    The most south-westerly observatory in the UK. The facility provides two observation domes, and a warm room, to house computer and camera equipment, and where we also hold talks and workshops.

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  6. 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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  7. Add Fay Page Open Studio to your Itinerary

    Address

    Lower Town, St. Martin's, Isles Of Scilly, TR25 0QW

    Telephone

    01720 423017

    St. Martin’s

    We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.

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  8. Add Adventure Scilly to your Itinerary

    Address

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

    Telephone

    07748 102844

    Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can…

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    Key Features

    • Groups
    • Stag and Hen Parties
    • Weddings

    Payment Methods

    • Android pay accepted
    • Apple pay accepted
    • Cash accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted

    Establishment Features

    • Open All Year

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
  9. Add Valhalla Museum to your Itinerary

    Address

    Tresco Abbey Garden, Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 424108

    Tresco

    The unique Valhalla collection is situated within Tresco Abbey Garden and contains some 30 figureheads, as well as name boards and other decorative ships’ carvings from the days of sail.

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  10. Add Ratbags Canvas Shop to your Itinerary

    Address

    Thorofare, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LN

    Telephone

    01720422037

    St. Mary’s

    Rat Island Sailboat Co. Rat Bags Canvas shop

    Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

    Available online

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  11. 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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  12. Add Tamarisk Gallery to your Itinerary

    Address

    Hugh Street, Hugh Town, St. Mary's, TR21 0LL

    Telephone

    01720 422334

    St. Mary’s

    Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel…

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  13. 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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  14. Add Island Fish to your Itinerary

    Address

    Kenython, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR

    Telephone

    01720 423880

    Bryher

    The Pender family that make up Island Fish have been fishing out of Bryher for hundreds of years, supplying quality fresh lobster, crab, wet fish & shellfish products across the Isles of Scilly

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  15. Add Phoenix & Providence to your Itinerary

    Address

    St Martin's, Isles of Scilly

    St. Martin’s

    From the shores of St. Martin's, Phoenix & Providence skincare has been created for softer skin and a clearer mind, to take time for yourself, creating a sense of ritual with products that inspire presence and inner…

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  16. Porthcressa Beach
    Starfish on rocks
    Reid family photo
    Orkney with Starfish
    Creature of the deep...
    Sea creature up close
    Limpet in the weed and rocks
    Family looking for creatures
    Green Starfish
    An Eel in the shallows
    Porthcressa Beach
    Starfish on rocks
    Reid family photo
    Orkney with Starfish
    Creature of the deep...
    Sea creature up close
    Limpet in the weed and rocks
    Family looking for creatures
    Green Starfish
    An Eel in the shallows

    Add Scilly Rockpool Safaris to your Itinerary

    Address

    Telephone

    07530 304374

    St. Mary’s

    Have you ever wondered what animals live under the crystal clear waters of Scilly? Join us on a rockpool safari - follow the falling tide, step into the wild, and discover the amazing marine animals that live along our…

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  17. 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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  18. 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

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