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St Ives is famed for art and culture, blue flag beaches and cobbled streets

Porthminster beach

Known as the jewel of Cornwall’s crown, St Ives is a beautiful seaside town. Surrounded by golden sandy beaches, this bustling town offers breathtaking coastal scenery from every angle. You’ll find yourself by the beach at the end of most roads and walkways.

Art lovers will find themselves right at home here, as St Ives is the art centre of West Cornwall. Renowned artists frequently visit the area. Let’s not forget, this is also the home of The Tate St Ives – one of just four Tate Museums in the world.

Tate St Ives

At the heart of St Ives, it is very much a fishing community. This allows for an unlimited supply of delicious seafood in the area as well as providing a delightful scene for watching fishermen go about their day.

With an almost subtropical feel, you’d be forgiven for thinking St Ives seems a little more exotic than South West England. Its undeniable beauty can be enjoyed in the form of stretches of sandy beaches and azure waters. In fact, on your visit you’ll be within walking distance of Porthgwidden Beach, Porthmeor Beach, Harbour Beach, Porthminster Beach and Carbis Bay.

If you’d like to explore St Ives from a different angle, take the train from St Erth along the coast through Lelant and Carbis Bay. You will not be disappointed.

No trip to St Ives would be complete without sampling the delectable local food at restaurants and traditional pubs which adorn the town. On the harbour you can find The Sloop Inn, one of Cornwall’s oldest pubs, dating back to the 14th century. As well as serving a unique selection of real ales and local ciders, the food is also magnificent.

If you’re after a more relaxed dining experience, try Porthemeor Beach Café for some classic Westcountry dishes and an unbeatable sea view. Of course you’re never too far from an exquisite seafood restaurant. Check out Seagrass or The Rum and Crab Shack.

As you wander through the town, you’ll discover independent shops, boutiques and galleries to explore. There’s also more than one great place to grab a Cornish pasty to tuck into while you’re browsing. St Ives even has its own cider – you guessed it, St Ives Cider. Most local shops stock it.

“With an almost subtropical feel, you’d be forgiven for thinking St Ives seems a little more exotic than South West England.”

Throughout the year, this pretty seaside town hosts some exciting festivals. St Ives Food and Drink Festival takes places just before the summer while St Ives September Festival offers 300 events including live music, workshops, comedy and exhibitions.

While you’re there

Barbara Hepworth Museum

A truly unique experience showcasing the art of Barbara Hepworth.

Black Rock Restaurant

This is one of Cornwall's Michelin starred restaurants and uses local produce.

Tate Gallery St Ives

This fantastic gallery opened in 1993 and is one of Cornwall's leading attractions.

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