Empty beaches. Deserted landscapes. Endless seascapes. Time to be... Welcome back to Tresco Island.
Tresco has now reopened, and we're delighted to welcome our guests and owners back to the island. We’ve missed you over recent months, but ahead lies the chance to rediscover time to be. Time to be together. Time to be outdoors. Time to be relaxed. Time to be in the wilds of island life. Time to be good to yourself.
Before you travel to Tresco, we would ask that you read the information on this page carefully. It contains important information on what we’re doing to keep everyone safe, and the changes you can expect on the island this year.
Inevitably, these measures will mean some changes to the usual Tresco experience, but we will always stay true to the things that make this place unique. Peace and tranquillity. Endless seascapes and deserted landscapes. Warm welcomes. Space and time to be. These are the things that make Tresco special; the things we will all value even more now; the things that will never change.
The information below is a broad outline only; please see the webpage for each area of the island for specific information on opening hours etc.
Last updated: 29th July 2020
Above all else, please keep our guests, team and islands safe. Please do not travel to Scilly if you have displayed symptoms of Coronavirus in the last 7 days, share a household with anyone that has had symptoms within 14 days, or have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace.
It seems we must forego the usual handshake or hug, but you’ll still receive the same warm welcome throughout your journey...
Face coverings are mandatory on all transport to and around the islands, including Penzance Helicopters, Skybus, Scillonian, Tresco Boats and the Tresco Shuttle.
Please ensure you can complete your entire journey without support, as staff will be unable to provide assistance embarking and disembarking transport. You will need to carry your own luggage where possible.
We’ve updated our practices and introduced new measures to enhance cleanliness and encourage social distancing across the island.
We have completed the Visit England 'We're Good to Go' COVID-secure scheme, demonstrating we have followed government and industry guidelines, have Risk Assessments in place and processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
You will find plentiful supplies of soap and hand sanitiser in all public areas (please remember to bring your own sanitiser for use when out and about).
Anna and her Housekeeping team have been hard at work, enhancing their already rigorous cleaning regimes in all of our accommodation and public areas. They use a high-performance sanitiser and are paying particular attention to high touch areas like door handles, light switches and soft furnishings. We’ve also introduced electrostatic sprayers (“foggers”) to ensure even hard-to-reach areas are sanitised effectively.
We will be managing the number of people in busy public areas such as Tresco Stores, and you will notice new screens in place at reception desks, tills and on transport.
Our Front Office team is available by phone for help throughout your stay, and on departure, we’ll email your bill so you can settle up online or by phone. We’re encouraging the use of Account or contactless payments throughout your stay.
The New Inn is open for lunchtime and evening dining with table service, or you can pre-book takeaway Fish & Chips, available each evening. Bookings are essential - please call 01720 423006.
The Ruin Beach Café is currently open daily for a light, alfresco or takeaway lunch every day, as well as our full dinner menu each evening. Dinner bookings are essential - please call 01720 424849.
If you’re out and about during the day, take your pick from a coffee, cake or light lunch at The Garden Café, or visit The Beach Hut at The Ruin for takeaway morning croissants, ice creams, coffees, and a selection of drinks, wine and beers.
If you’re heading out for a picnic, visit our new pop-up shop and café at The New Inn - The Pavilion Deli, open daily for fresh bread and croissants, hot pasties and a basic range of foods including milk, cheese, picnic bits and ice cream. Whilst you're there, enjoy a morning coffee and pastry, light bite or refreshing cold drink or ice cream in our indoor seating area, or The New Inn Beer Garden.
Tresco Stores has launched a new online shop, so you can now pre-order your groceries ahead of your stay, or do a top-up shop on-island, with free delivery to your accommodation. Tresco Stores is open daily if you do need to drop in for anything. Please remember a face covering is now essential in-store.
The Flying Boat Café will remain closed until further notice, and Hell Bay Hotel is open to hotel residents only. Sadly, The Crab Shack remains closed until further notice and the Tresco Market is not currently taking place. With regret, there will be no evening dining boat excursions to Hell Bay, the Crab Shack, High Tide Restaurant or elsewhere.
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Time to be on Tresco is all about the island’s wide-open spaces, sense of freedom and incredible seascapes and landscapes. It’s about the freedom of a whole island – and that doesn’t change…
Tresco Abbey Garden and its Visitor Centre and Café is open every day, with 17 acres of terraces, borders, meandering pathways and lawns to explore.
Being on Tresco is about rediscovering time to be - and what better way than with Outdoor Yoga or Meditation - the perfect way to calm your mind and restore positivity and relaxation after recent months. This summer, we're delighted to offer Outdoor Yoga or Meditation classes every day of the week with stunning settings including the Abbey Garden and Appletree Bay.
Our indoor and outdoor swimming pools are now open. Sadly, the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and treatment facilities must remain closed for the time being. Changing facilities remain closed, so guests are requested to change at their accommodation and use the robes and towels provided.
For those wanting to discover the wilds of the island, pop in to see Graham, hire a bike, and set off on two wheels for an island exploration.
Gallery Tresco will be open Monday to Friday, for viewings by appointment only. To request a viewing, please telephone Anna on 01720 424925 or email Anna. Lucy-Tania Boutique is open between 3pm and 7pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Tresco Boats will offer a limited schedule of pleasure trips and scenic tours for family groups. You can also hire a kayak, SUP, windsurfer or dinghy from the Sailing Centre and head off to explore the archipelago under your own steam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below, we've answered some of your questions, but if you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our Island Office team on 01720 422849 or by email.
Yes – face coverings are mandatory on all transport to and around the islands, including Penzance Helicopters, Skybus, Scillonian III, Tresco Boats and the Tresco Shuttle. You will be denied travel without a face covering, unless you are exempt from wearing one.
Face coverings are also now mandatory in all retail spaces on the island, including Tresco Stores and the takeaway shop at The New Inn Deli. While we will have some Tresco fabric face coverings available to purchase on-island, you will need to bring one for the journey here.
What if I develop symptoms or have to self-isolate before I travel?Open
Please do not travel to Tresco if you:
Are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or have in the last 7 days
Share a household with someone who has had Coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days
Have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace
Please contact us as soon as possible to advise us that you are unable to travel. We will attempt to re-sell your accommodation where possible, but you should also speak to your travel insurer.
Can I share a holiday cottage with friends or family?Open
We ask that you familiarise yourself with, and follow, the latest government guidance on contact with those outside your household, including social bubbles.
The health of our guests, staff and the islands is the most important thing to us so we will make every effort to re-sell your accommodation, meaning you won't lose out. However, if we're unsuccessful, our standard terms and conditions will apply.
If you have severe symptoms or require other medical help, dial 111 or 999
The Isles of Scilly Local Incident Response Team will be in touch to arrange your test and provide support. You will receive a test in your accommodation, and test results usually take around 48 hours to come back.
If you test positive, government advice is to self-isolate at home. As you cannot use public transport, there is an evacuation service in place. This will provide free private transport back to Penzance for a visitor (and their holiday party) who tests positive during their stay or is advised to self-isolate having been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This transport will be by boat or helicopter. The service is funded by a partnership between the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Tresco Estate and the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and there is no charge to the guest for using this service.
For shorter stays on Tresco choose from our Rooms & Apartments. Staying a little longer? Take a look at our self catering holiday Cottages available by the week.
You’re searching for four or more nights, which means you may be able to save money with one of our packages. Before you book, take a look at our Offers and Breaks or call the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422 849 to speak to an islander.