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Planning your school trip

Cohort offers superb, award winning accommodation for educational groups in the centre of St Ives. Great facilities, comfortable beds and lots of help with your trip planning.

"It's a little gem and has everything we needed as a school group to make it enjoyable. The staff we met were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The communication prior to the trip was brilliant and Lee always came back to me very quickly. The fact that we could use the space to do art was invaluable - particularly going in February. Excellent value for money. " (Jan Cannon, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol)

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Bringing a class to St Ives

From fishing village in the 1800s to international capital of Art in the 1960s St Ives has a fascinating history. A spectacularly beautiful place it attracts people from all over the world and will bring any educational trip to life.

Beauty aside there are lots of practical advantages to bringing a class here:

  • No need to take public transport
  • A few minutes walk to iconic institutions
  • It’s very safe
  • Beaches are a great, secure and fun way to wind down at the end of the day

It’s not easy taking a school group away; even the best behaved groups can be challenging; we will make things as easy as we can for you by providing a secure yet relaxed environment and help in any way we can.

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For Schools & Colleges


A quick reference guide for putting together an unforgettable 3 – 5 day trip to this beautiful part of the world; includes St Ives as well as the best West Cornwall has to offer.


Our quick guide to awesome things you can do with your class in St Ives will inspire you as well as make planning a little easier.


Get a feel for how schools have planned a trip in the past.

For Art Classes


The definitive guide to art trip planning in St Ives, from sketching view points through to details of the various artists workshops you can participate in.


This guide will demonstrate how a trip to St Ives can assist you in meeting National Curriculum objectives.

Due to the high concentration of educational art trips we host down here we have more detailed information on our School Art Trips page.

For Primary Schools


A guide for younger children or primary school pupils. Includes more detailed information around safeguarding.

For Geography Trips

Visit our Geography Trips page for more information.

Capacity & Layout

Cohort sleeps up to 60 in 9 dorms and 3 private rooms. The dorm room breakdown is as follows:

  • 7 x 6 bed dorms
  • 1 x 8 bed dorms
  • 1 x 4 bed dorm
  • 3 x twin rooms (one with a double bed)

For more details and photographs visit Rooms & Rates: You can also download our Floor Plan to see a more specific breakdown of our rooms and facilities.

Free planning visit

If you are bringing a group of students to St Ives please contact us to organise a free planning visit to Cohort prior to your booking, we are happy to show you our accommodation facilities and discuss your requirements.

Food during your stay

We have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen at Cohort and are happy for you to organise a supermarket order to be delivered to us prior to your arrival. Alternatively if you have a minimum of 8 people in your group and are staying at least two nights we are happy to organise breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals for you.

Ask us for a quote or download the following for more information and costs:

School food options 2020

Evening Meals 2020 @ Cohort Hostel (Separate menu for Primary Schools)

Space to learn

We have unique and relaxing communal areas at Cohort and we would be happy to section these off for you for seminars and/or discussion groups. Our courtyard can seat up to 24, our dining room holds up to 15, our lounge can host your entire group and we would be happy for you to use these spaces outside of busy times. We know how important it is for classes to re-group at the end (and sometimes beginning) of the day and we want to ensure you can do that in the best possible environment.

Organising your trip

At Cohort we know St Ives and the surrounding area like the back of our hand. We can help you to organise activities before your visit and liaise with local organisations or individuals. We can help you book surf lessons or get a good deal on kayak hire; we can book workshops at the Tate for you and send you a list of great vantage points for painting or photography groups. If you wanted to eat out one night we would be happy to make your reservations for you.

We are here to make your life as easy as possible.

Planning lessons in St Ives

If you have any questions about anything mentioned on there or have any other ideas that you want to run by us please just give us a call; we’d be happy to have a no-obligation chat with you.

Group use

We are happy to discuss exclusive use of the hostel. Prices start at £650/night for a group of up to 50 people. See more details on our Group Use page.

Should you not need exclusivity (and many educational groups don’t) we can easily accommodate you alongside other guests: During the winter months (November – February, excluding Christmas / New Year period) prices are just £17 per person per night for groups of 10 or more.

Health, Safety & Security

Cohort is a secure environment with key cards needed to access the building, the dorm you are staying in and the kitchen. Reception is open from 8am till 10pm with someone always available during that time and there is CCTV in the main areas. There are emergency contacts for during the night and members of staff always on site.

Our fire system is brand new with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers everywhere they should be: A full risk assessment has been carried out on the whole building. This is available to you should you need it.

Our full time staff are qualified in first-aid.

You can read a synopsis of our access here as well as download a fully comprehensive Access statement.

If you have any particular requirements or concerns please share them with us and we will do everything we can to ensure that they are addressed.

Green Tourism

At Cohort Hostel we recognise the effect of our business on the environment and our planet and are committed to minimising this impact, in 2019 we were awarded a Gold Green Tourism Award.

Heritage is vital to us too and as part of our redevelopment of our hostel we have ensured that our responsibility to the environment has been designed into the refurbishment work, whilst at the same time maintaining our responsibilities to our beautiful Grade II listed building. You can read more about our Green Policies and initiatives here.

Make an enquiry

If you would like to talk to us about an educational visit to St Ives we’d love to hear from you. Please give us a call on +44 (0)1736 791664 or send an email to; alternatively fill in the short form below and we’ll get back to you as quick as we can.

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Pod dorm beds from £17/night
Single & Twin Private rooms from £25/night
Triple rooms from £50/night
Family rooms from £68/night

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