About St. Ives

St Ives, once a small fishing village, has grown to become one of the most famous & popular seaside towns in Cornwall which attracts scores of holiday makers every year. Its attraction lies in its unique position overlooking St Ives Bay with far reaching views towards Godrevy Lighthouse, believed to have inspired Virginia Woolf’s work ‘To The Lighthouse’

St Ives has a little bit of everything; crystal blue seas, golden sands, a busy harbour from which the local fisherman land their catch and a myriad of narrow cobbled lanes and twisting streets with fisherman’s cottages crammed into every space. It is a haven for ‘foodies’ with excellent restaurants & cafes offering the very best Cornish fish & seafood and locally sourced produce.

The art scene has, for a long time, been an important aspect of the town and even before members of The St Ives School arrived in the mid twenties, artists & painters, including Turner, were attracted here by the amazing quality of light. The Tate Gallery which is a part of The Tate in London, exhibits local and national works where you can see, among others, art works by Sir Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon and Bernard Leach. Barbara Hepworth who was married to the artist Ben Nicholson lived and worked in St Ives and as a memorial to her The Barbara Hepworth Museum, which houses many of her works, was opened at her studio & gardens in 1976.

With West Cornwall’s mild climate warmed by the Gulf Stream, sub-tropical plants and trees flourish here and add to the almost Mediterranean feel of the place. Palm trees and exotic flowers fill the warm summer air with their fragrance whilst holiday makers sit outside cafes drinking a cold beer or a welcome glass of chilled wine.

With its many beaches, gift shops, cafes & art galleries, St Ives is a great day out for all the family and as the town lies only 6 miles north of Penzance is very accessible. As car parking is limited in the town, by far the best way to visit is by train (runs all day from Penzance – St Erth and change for St Ives) The short train journey is one of the most picturesque in Britain as the track hugs the spectacular coastline and snakes its way into St Ives. Local buses run frequently from Penzance Bus Station or in the summer months the hop on, hop off Open Top Bus is a great alternative.

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