St Ives Cornwall guide
St Ives on Cornwall's rugged north coast is a magnet for tourists who flock to visit the town each year. A small resort town with a great atmosphere and beaches, many people are hooked on their first visit and return to the area time and again.
Once a centre for pilchard fishing St Ives has re-invented itself as a trendy, laid-back tourist resort with an artistic heritage which has been growing steadily since Turner visited the town in 1811. Other artists have followed in his steps, including Barbara Hepworth and today there are many practicing artists and lots of galleries in the town. This artistic reputation has recently been boosted by the establishment of Tate St Ives, an offshoot of the famous London gallery.
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The main attractions at St Ives are still the ambience and beautiful scenery - the small sandy harbour and beach, the iridescent sea and semi-tropical plants make it seem like a long way from everyday England. There are also some excellent beaches in the area. Porthmeor is good for surfing, while Porthminster beach to the south of the town is ideal for families. There are other beaches at Porthgwidden and Carbis Bay and further afield towards Perranporth to the north.
Carbis Bay Who needs the Med?
There is also the opportunity for some excellent walking along the South West Coast Path which runs along the coast in both directions. Just up the coast from St Ives is Gwithian which lies on the eastern end of St Ives bay. There is a small light house on Godrevy Island just off the coast. Another three miles along the coast is another small resort called Portreath which also has an excellent beach. A bit further up still is St Agnes which is a tiny village with a very nice sandy beach - parking is limited.
St Ives Bay North Cornwall St Agnes
Places to visit in St Ives - Tourist Attractions
Surfing - Porthmeor Beach is the main surfing beach and there are a couple of surf schools based here.
Tate St Ives - An offshoot of the famous London art gallery the St Ives branch opened in 1993.
The pastie shop (several) - you won't find better!
Walking - The South West Coast Path runs through St Ives and is a good way to see the North Cornwall coast.
National Seal Sanctuary - Gweek, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6UG Tel: 01326 221361
The Flambards Experience - Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA Tel: 01326 573404
Penzance - to the south
Map of St Ives
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