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St Ives Cornwall uk is a great place to visit for the day, weekend a week or as long as you can. St Ives is a beautiful seaside resort and (small) harbour town.

Famous for artists, due to the special light, St Ives has a long line of famous Cornish artists who, together with artists who have moved to Cornwall, have painted and sculpted from St Ives. Today there is still a strong artists presence with many studios and galleries selling St Ives artist's works both past and present. The famous Tate Gallery St Ives is a definite must see for art lovers. Read more about Art in St Ives.

St Ives Cornwall has a lot to offer. Starting on the harbour's edge, on one side you have a view of the pier with picture perfect white lighthouse and sea in the background - small boats can be seen out to sea and coming into St Ives harbour or moored on the beach. To the other side is a row of fantastic restaurants - the smells drifting through the air make you hungry whether or not you were to start with. There are a lot of places to Eat Out In St Ives including seafood restaurants, a pizzeria, cafes serving meals and cream teas, pubs and fish and chip take aways. Mixed in are small shops and galleries selling gift ware, clothes, sweets, paintings and prints. The Harbour Galleries, where some of the many St Ives artists have studios displaying and selling their works, is on the harbour front (Artists in St Ives). You can wander along the harbour, have a sit on one of the many benches looking out across St Ives Bay or sit on the sandy harbour beach.

Running behind the harbour is a pretty cobbled street set on either side by granite buildings which are now mainly shops. This street is a good one for the shoppers amongst us, the main shopping street in St Ives, and has some lovely shops including galleries selling local art and crafts, clothes shops, surf shops selling surf wear and surf gear, jewellery shops - some selling local hand made jewellery, a book shop and sweet and chocolate shops. There are also cafes and restaurants.

Running off from this street, between the harbour and Porthmeor beach St Ives Cornwall, are exquisite narrow cobbled rows with cute granite cottages - excellent to explore. To see images of St Ives view the St Ives Image Gallery.

St Ives has 5 beautiful golden beaches all with a character of their own and something different to offer. Read more about St Ives beaches.

The Island St Ives is a large grassy mound edged by cliffs and the sea, between Porthmeor Beach and Porthgwidden Beach, the walk around the Island is beautiful and provides excellent views out to sea. The walk is not very long but steep and half of the route is along an uneven and quite tricky in parts path. The main path up to the top of the Island is steep but well made. The Island St Ives is a lovely place to sit and take in the beautiful views.

At the top of The Island is St Ives National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Station. This is where the volunteers of the NCI keep watch over St Ives Bay - following the closure of the St Ives coastguard station concerned local people raised money to reopen the station so that a cartful watch could be kept over St Ives Bay. They succeeded in raising the money and the station was reopened and is manned by volunteers - to whom all of us who are entering the sea around St Ives owe a large thank you.

St Ives has a cinema in the centre and an excellent library with a good stock of local literature. There is also the St Ives Museum which provides interesting information on the history of the area, fishing, lifeboats and wrecks.

The Tate Gallery St Ives, which opened in June 1993,  is a magnificent building overlooking Porthmeor beach St Ives Cornwall.  The imposing white building with picture windows and impressive staircases is a work of art in itself.  Designed by Eldred Evans and David Shaler who won a competition to design the building with their design in 1990.  At the entrance to the building is a beautiful stained glass window which was designed by Patrick Heron.   The Tate St Ives shows a unique selection of modern and contemporary art with varied and changing exhibitions.  The gallery is family friendly and has the Tate Shop and Tate Cafe.

Walking from St Ives is excellent as you have good access to the coast path. The coast path leads out of St Ives towards Cabins Bay by the Porthminster beach and runs in the other direction towards Zennor by the Porthmeor beach. Both walks have beautiful views and obviously you can make the walk as long or short as you like.

The coast drive from St Ives to Lands End Cornwall has stunning views and passes through St Just Cornwall an ideal stop off point especially if you enjoy wandering around small galleries.

Parking can be difficult in the summer season. If you drive into the town follow one of the signs for parking and hopefully you will get a space. There is very little roadside parking and so you will need to park in a car park and pay. An alternative is to catch the bus - depending on where you are staying. Or park at Lelant and catch the park and ride (signed) train trip. This is a very scenic rail journey which runs along the coast and St Ives railway station is not far from the centre of town and so could be a good alternative.

For a map of St Ives please see the main St Ives page.

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Art in Cornwall .....

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Dog friendly Cornwall ...

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View our Cornwall Dog Guide for more information on dogs in Cornwall including pet friendly accommodation, places to eat with dogs and days out. Cornwall Dog Guide.

Eating Out In Cornwall.....

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Cornwall has some fabulous places to eat out including delicious seafood restaurants serving local Cornish fish, cozy Cornish Cafes, traditional pubs. See our list of places to eat in Cornwall to find out more.

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