A stone’s throw from the glorious turquoise seas of St. Ives Bay, adjacent to Hayle’s historic harbour, the Heritage Centre sits proud in Foundry Square.
Located in the Grade II* listed John Harvey House, the one-time epicentre of the Harvey & Co. enterprise, it sits beside the town’s magnificent viaduct (the original timber version was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel). It is also just a short walk from Hayle’s celebrated Three Miles of Golden Sands, which stretch from the Estuary to the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse, made famous by Virginia Woolf. The Heritage Centre is the ideal place to begin your exploration of this remarkable town.
Hayle Station is on the main Cornish Riviera Express line from London Paddington to Penzance. Most, but not all, services stop at Hayle so it is worth checking ahead. The Heritage Centre is less than a five minute walk from Hayle Station. Alternatively, St Erth Station is just 1.6 miles away, where the St Ives branch line is located.
First Kernow operates two regular services; ‘The Tinner’ buses T1 and T2 stop at Foundry Square, just across the road from the Heritage Centre. T1 is the service from Truro to Penzance. T2 is the service from Truro to St Ives. For the timetable, visit First Kernow’s website.
From Truro and the North: Follow the A30 for Penzance until you reach Loggans Moor Roundabout. Take the fourth exit and follow the main road through Hayle. Pass under the viaduct at the far end of the town. For parking, take the second exit at the roundabout and turn immediately left into Foundry Square Car Park.
From Penzance: Follow the A30 for Redruth and Truro until you reach St Erth Roundabout. Take the second exit for Hayle and continue until you pass under the viaduct and the Heritage Centre is on your right. For Foundry Square Car Park take the third exit.
From St Ives: On the A3074 pass through Lelant Village. On leaving the village take the first exit at the roundabout and the second exit at the next until you reach St Erth Roundabout. Take the first exit for Hayle and continue until you pass under the viaduct. For Foundry Square Car Park take the third exit.
Cycle Route 3 of the National Cycle Network takes you to our doorstep. A bike rack is located on the pavement just outside.
The Heritage Centre is on your route if you are walking the South West Coast Path.