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Archaeological Site in St Mary's

Halangy Down

While Neolithic settlers probably only visited Scilly sporadically, by the Iron Age settlers had arrived and made a life here, eking out a living by fishing and farming. The remains of one of their villages can stil…
Archaeological Site in St Mary's

Bant's Carn

One of the best-preserved Neolithic chamber tombs in the Scilly Islands, on the northwest side of the island on the edge of Halangy Down. It's still largely in its original form, covered with a grassy mound, with a …
Museum in St Mary's

Isles of Scilly Museum

The small Isles of Scilly Museum explores the islands' history, with an eclectic mix of archaeological finds and artefacts from shipwrecks. Among the collection are Neolithic remains such as tools and jewellery, cla…
Bistro in St Mary's

Juliet's Garden Restaurant

St Mary's long-standing bistro, in business for over three decades, is still the best place to eat. It's in a converted barn 15 minutes' walk from town: expect gourmet salads and sandwiches by day, plus classier pla…
Cafe in St Mary's

Tanglewood Kitchen

This catering company specialises in homemade ready meals, but it also runs a deli outlet at Hugh Town's post office, selling excellent sandwiches, quiches and cakes, as well as lots of Scilly-sourced products such …
Beach in St Mary's

Pelistry Bay

A secluded beach on the east side of St Mary's, accessible from the coast path. It's generally quieter than the island's other beaches, and has a mix of rock pools and sand to explore, as well as little Toll's Islan…
Fort in St Mary's

Garrison

Perched on the hill to the west of Hugh Town, this forbidding fort has a history stretching back almost 350 years. Though it was begun in Tudor times, the present fort largely dates from the 17th and 18th centuries,…
Beach in St Mary's

Porthloo

A small west-facing beach within easy walking distance of Hugh Town, with good soft sand and a couple of offshore islands. It's backed by a working boatyard and a small art studio. At the southern end of the beach y…
Cafe in St Mary's

Kaffeehaus Salbei

A little slice of Germany on Scilly courtesy of owner Sabine, who runs this coffee shop. She serves traditional Teutonic treats such as rye bread, würst, cold meats and hearty soups, followed by a prodigious line-up…
Beach in St Mary's

Porthcressa

For many day-trippers to St Mary's, Hugh Town's big, sandy, south-facing beach is as far as they ever explore – and it's hard to blame them. It's a fine beach, good for sunbathing and swimming, and close to all the …