How to Find Holt Island

4 May 2024

The Island is open this weekend

As we reported previously, opening of the Island for this season was delayed.

We are pleased to advise that the Island is now open this Bank Holiday weekend.


2 April 2024

2024 Opening – Update

Usually we aim to open the Island at the beginning of April.

This has been a difficult year for Holt Island Nature Reserve. With four floods since the beginning of the year, five working parties have been lost. This has meant that little of the planned works for the winter months have been carried out.

The most recent flood has left the ground saturated and very muddy. The boardwalk has a coating of fine silt which makes it very slippery when wet.

As a result it has been decided by the Ranger and with the support of the Friends Committee, that the opening of the Island should be delayed this year possibly until the end of April so that the ground can recover and the volunteers can carry out some of the much-needed maintenance works.

Opening times

The island is open from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between April and the end of October, subject to weather conditions and flooding.

If you wish to visit the island at any other time, the key is available (subject to weather conditions and flooding) from One Leisure St Ives or the Norris Museum . You will need to pay a returnable deposit of £20.


Church Street, St Ives, Cambs.  PE27 6DG

The entrance to Holt Island Nature Reserve can by found at the end of Church Street, next to All Saints’ Parish Church. Here you will find a small white bridge, which gives access to both the Nature Reserve and to the St Ives Sea Scouts


Public Transport

St Ives is served by buses from many places including Cambridge, Peterborough and Huntingdon. St Ives bus station and the Park and Ride are a short walk from Holt Island. For further information about buses see the Bus Timetable.

Car Parking

Parking spaces near Holt Island are very limited. There is no allocated disabled parking provision. There are several pay and display car parks within a few minutes’ walk of Holt Island – this map (St Ives Town Centre Car Parks) shows their location. Free parking is available at the One Leisure car park, Westwood Road, which is a short walk from Holt Island.

Accessibility and facilities

Holt Island has a raised boardwalk, which makes it accessible to prams, wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The picture below shows a motorised wheelchair user managing the tight turns over the bridge and on the boardwalk.

There is plenty of seating, some with picnic tables. The Holt cabin, with bench seating, a nature table, books and children’s activity sheets and displays is open during normal opening hours. The nearest toilets are located in the Norris Museum or in the town centre.

Wheelchair User

Our thanks to the family for letting us use this photo

Opening Times

The island is open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between April and October.

If you wish to visit the island at any other time, the key is available from One Leisure St Ives or the Norris Museum – you will need to pay a returnable deposit of £20.

Directions to the island can be downloaded in the Information Leaflet

Holt Island welcomes visitors of all ages, individuals and family groups. More formal organised visits such as educational school trips, youth groups and U3A are all very welcome. The Friends of Holt Island committee have much experience to offer and are happy to provide advice and help so that groups get the most out of their visit.

For more help planning school and youth group visits: please see our Education Pack.