Old Ferry Boat, St Ives
Open Today: 7:00am - 11:00pm

about our hotel

The Old Ferry Boat, St Ives, is a riverside inn with tastefully decorated rooms and a famous pub that serves up traditional cuisine and fabulous Sunday roasts.


Top-notch amenities to make sure you have a great time. Here’s what you can expect when you visit The Old Ferry Boat:

  • Beer Garden
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Easy Check-out

what makes us special

Hotel breakfast

Useful Information

  • Check in from2pm
  • Check out by11am
  • Breakfast served7am — 10am Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast served8am— 10am Saturday & Sunday
  • Evening meals served until9pm
  • Reception7am to 10pm

A historic inn with contemporary rooms

Tracing its origin all the way back to 560 AD, the Old Ferry Boat, St Ives, is widely believed to be the oldest pub in England. And whilst you can rest assured that it has been refurbished numerous times since then, it remains a hotel that blends traditional and contemporary touches to evoke its history whilst offering a modern atmosphere.

Outside, you'll see a charming exterior with a thatched roof and white stone walls. Inside, you'll find classic decor and seven en-suite rooms. Each of the rooms have large and comfortable beds as well as bright and fresh bathrooms. You'll also find free Wi-Fi if you want to stay connected while away, and the hotel even has dog friendly rooms too.

Set on the banks of the River Great Ouse, in the sleepy hamlet of Holywell, Cambridgeshire, it's a wonderful base from which to explore the stunning surrounding countryside and attractions. The historic city of Cambridge is just down the road, as is the quaint cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds. You can also enjoy a host of other natural, cultural and historic sites, from Thetford Forest and the Cromwell Museum to Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Huntingdon Racecourse.

Enjoy quality food and drink in England's oldest pub

People have been eating and drinking at the Old Ferry Boat for close to one and a half thousand years. That tradition continues today and it's one you can share in. Sit back in the traditional pub with a pint of real ale, a premium lager or a fine wine, or take yourself outside to enjoy the large beer garden. Tuck in to classic British pub fayre at great prices at the restaurant, whether you want a steak cooked just the way you like it, breaded scampi or a full Sunday roast.

Book direct with us now and enjoy 20% off lunch and dinner at our hotel restaurant throughout your stay. T&Cs apply.

Please note we can only accept bookings for the same day until 9pm to ensure our teams have time to prepare for your arrival.


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