Bell Rock Hotel

Hugh Town, St Mary's

Bell Rock Hotel

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Bell Rock Hotel is both relaxed and informal. This is the most southerly hotel in England, and has been welcoming guests for over 100 years.


Situated between two sandy beaches, Town Beach and Porthcressa, Bell Rock Hotel is just a short stroll from Hugh Town and the quay for off-island boat trips.

Its restaurant is well known for its three course dinner, with local produce sourced wherever possible, such as ice cream, Cornish cheeses and locally caught Cornish fish. There is a choice of starters, at least three main courses, and a variety of desserts. A vegetarian option is always available.

The Lower Deck Bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink before or after dinner, or relax in our lounge with a good book from the Bell Rock Hotel’s small library—where board games are also available.

If the weather is cooler, there is an indoor heated swimming pool (one of just three on the island) with a vibrant marine-themed wall fresco. There are loungers for relaxing, and the pool is for hotel guests only. Towelling robes are available. Discounted rates for stays of five nights or more.


There are 23 available rooms, all either showers or baths (or both). The Bell Rock Hotel has been significantly modernised, and some rooms on the top floor have sea views. There are also ground floor rooms available. The hotel accommodates children over the age of six years.

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • radio • hairdryer • Wi-fi • telephone

Room choices

  • Standard Double/Twin – Standard en-suite rooms, located throughout the property’s 4 floors – request a top floor room for distant sea views at no supplement.
  • Compact Double/Twin – Slightly lower tariff than a standard room, consisting of a double bed, a desk and a bathroom.
  • Single Room – The hotel only has two single rooms; they are compact but great value for money.
  • Triple Room – Consisting of a double or twin and an extra bed with an en-suite, these are certainly more spacious than the standard rooms at the property.
  • Family Quad with bunk beds – The hotel only has one of these (room number 21). Spacious and suitable for a family of four with pull down bunk beds built into the wall to maximise space (although the hotel only allows children over the age of 6).


PRICING in Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast



Low season Mid season High season Peak season
3 Nights
7 Nights
£ 484
£ 819
£ 506
£ 829
£ 520
£ 871
£ 652
£ 1088
2021 Dates
Mar Oct Apr May – Sep

Prices above are per person (based on two adults sharing) with flights from Land’s End to St Mary’s. Please call us for prices relating to single supplements, upgrading rooms and travelling from other points on the UK mainland. Please note the above prices should be used as a guide only. This property has a close out period over winter.



How to get there

By Plane – Skybus are the only airline that offer direct flights to the islands from the UK mainland. All flights land into St Mary’s Airport.

  • Exeter (60 minute flight) – up to 4 flights daily (except Sunday) from March to October
  • Newquay (30 minute flight) – up to 6 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round
  • Lands End (20 minute flight) – up to 18 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round

By Ferry – The only direct ferry from the UK mainland to the islands is operated by the Scillonian III and takes 2 hours 45 minutes from Penzance Harbour to St Mary’s Quay. Operates once a day (except Sundays) from March to November.

Regional Departures – There are numerous regional flights that connect with either Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End – please speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help arrange your journey to make it as smooth as possible.

Top tips

  • If you want to see the puffins they return to the islands between April and August.
  • St Mary’s is a truly dog friendly holiday destination. It could not be easier to take your beloved pooch on both the Scillonian III ferry or the Skybus operated flights. Several hotels on the island allow dogs and there is a small company on the island who rent all the items you may need from dog baskets and blankets to food and water bowls.
  • We can highly recommend Juliet’s Garden, a fantastic restaurant with a terrace overlooking Hugh Town and the sea. This is a great place for dinner or finishing the day with a refreshing sundowner.
  • For those with limited mobility or for those simply looking for a fun way to explore the island it is possible to book golf carts for your stay, as there is no car hire here. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Will Wagstaff is the islands resident ornithologist and naturalist and leading authority on all things flora and fauna in the Isles of Scilly. Will’s guided walks are available to pre-book, for just the day or for longer. He also gives a slideshow presentation most Saturday evenings in the Church Hall, St Marys (payable locally, approximately £5 per person.

When To Go

Summer (June-August) – the islands boast some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the islands when the tourists have all gone home. October is peak bird-watching season when the rare migrant species travel through the islands.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period and some of the islanders return to the mainland. That being said winter on the islands can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel on the Skybus or Scillonian ferry can be frequently disrupted due to weather.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the islands with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and puffins returning to the outer islands. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.