St. Ives is a timeless seaside town with white-sand beaches, cobbled lanes and an undeniable beauty that has attracted the world’s most renowned painters and sculptors. The eclectic centre for art also boasts one of only four Tate galleries in the world.
Things to do in St. Ives
Fancy a stylish entrance into St. Ives? Consider taking the train from St. Erth into the city. This popular route is a short 20-minute ride and features a celebrated view of the St. Ives Harbour. Catch a glimpse of the colourful fishing boats that dwell in the port as the train weaves around pristine bays and jade waters.
Spend a relaxing day at Porthminster Beach, a short stroll from the centre of St. Ives. The soft crash of waves and gentle sway of palms create a truly tropical experience. Families can enjoy a swim at this award-winning beach, which features views of Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse”.
Marvel at the glorious collection of bronze, stone and wood sculptures at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Featuring the works of one of Britain's most acclaimed artists, the open-air gallery offers a truly unique way to appreciate Barbara Hepworth’s prized pieces.
A trip to St. Ives isn’t complete without visiting the Tate St Ives. Nestled at the edge of St. Ives beachfront, this renowned gallery celebrates iconic artists that have lived and worked in the coastal town and features a rotating selection of contemporary art.
Getting around St. Ives
Trains arrive at St. Erth station from London. From there, take a bus, taxi or the scenic train to St. Ives. The streets of St. Ives are notoriously narrow, making walking the preferred method of exploring. Newquay Cornwall Airport is within an hour's drive.