boasting a quartet
of golden-sand beaches
Sheltered coves draw swimmers and sun-worshippers, but water-sports aficionados visit St. Ives for great surfing and windsurfing. St Ives, widely regarded as the jewel of Cornwall’s crown, a beautiful seaside town, set in breathtaking coastal scenery – whatever the time of year or day, St Ives gives something special to every visitor that will make you want to return again and again.
of West Cornwall.
Artists were attracted to the area from the 19th Century onwards. In the 20th Century, St Ives became a haven for giants of British Modernism, including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. St Ives and the surrounding area is alive with an artistic heritage and sensibility found nowhere else in the South West of England. The Tate Gallery St Ives offers constantly changing exhibitions as well as its remarkable permanent collection of art. The recently completed extension, Tate II, contains a permanent tribute to the local artists. Barbara Hepworth’s studio is open all year, tucked away in the heart of the Town.The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th-century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.
historic fishing community
The town itself arcs around the harbour – the heart of the historic fishing community with the legacy of fishing boats bobbing in the harbour itself whilst families play on the beaches of golden sand, and explore winding cobbled streets, finding treasures such as the wide range of small independent shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and bars, the St Ives Museum and The Tate St Ives. With the benefit of the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the area also enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate.
Year round, St Ives has the power to captivate and enthral. With a busy events calendar, the town is often buzzing with excitement from Feast Day in February (with the traditional hurling of the silver ball), to home-grown theatre productions, the St Ives September Festival, and the year ending with Christmas celebrations and the renowned New Years Eve event where fancy dress is nearly obligatory!
Tourist Information Centres:
The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS
Tel +44(0)1736 796 297
Visit Cornwall – The official site of Cornwall Tourist Board
About Britain.com – St Ives Tourist Information
Places to eat
takeaways, cafe’s & fine dining
St Ives boasts a wide range of places to eat – from takeaways, cafe’s, to fine dining beachfront restaurants. All bathed in the famous light that attracted artists for so many years.
4 Ocean Breezes is in the perfect location to enjoy all aspects of St.Ives. Perched above the surfing beach at Porthmeor, behind the Tate Gallery, it offers wonderful views out to sea. It only takes a couple of minutes to fall down the hill to the golden sand in one direction, the same in another direction for the pubs, restaurants and shops.
The famous train shuttle along the coast can drop you along the coast for a stunning walk back to St.Ives, resting at the Carbis Bay Hotel for refreshments. Our tidal clock will tell you when to head out for a low tide stroll.
Walking towards Lelant Salting will give you the choice of the Watermill Inn or Scarlets, before the train ride home.The train also connects to the Penzance to Truro line for connections to Isles Of Scilly or the Cathedral town.
A six-mile cliff top walk along the South West Coastal Path in the other direction will bring you to Zennor, The Tinners Arms and an open top bus to St.Ives in summer months.