St Ives

St Ives is a beautiful seaside town, set in breathtaking coastal scenery. The town itself arcs around the harbour - the heart of the historic fishing community with the legacy of fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. Spend the day walking the winding cobbled streets and enjoying the small independent shops, restaurants, pubs and bars.

Soak up the artistic spirit in the town’s galleries – St Ives is the art centre of West Cornwall and has been attracting artists since the 19th century. The Tate St Ives features a range of modern art exhibitions and is itself, a building worth a visit. The gallery was built to celebrate the artists as well as the surroundings and atmosphere that inspired them.

If you’re interested in art take the Ben Nicholson multimedia walking tour and experience St Ives from the artist’s perspective. Find out more on the Tate’s website

A short walk from Tate St Ives is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. The beautiful subtropical garden was an essential part of Hepworth’s creative process and she made many of her most famous works here.

St Ives is renowned for its fantastic range of beaches - some are sheltered and ideal for families and sunbathing, others are great for surfing. Spend the day on one or try them all - the South West Coast Path links them all together.

A short walk from the town along the Coast Path takes you to The Island – although technically a peninsular rather than an island, it’s worth the short climb for the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean on three sides and St Ives to the South and West. The chapel of St Nicholas sits on top of the hill. It’s a great place to sit back and watch the sun set.

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View of Godrevy lighthouse from St Ives Bay © Visit England