St Ives

St Ives

  • Safe, sandy beaches
  • Cobbled streets
  • Picturesque harbour
  • Plenty of fantastic eating places

St Ives is one of the most loved, visited and photographed picturesque seaside resorts in England.

St Ives is easy to reach by road or rail and is built up around the harbour with golden sand beaches on each side. It is most famous for its tiny streets that are full of beautiful little white washed fishermen’s cottages with colourful hanging baskets, tubs and driftwood adorning their fronts.

St Ives is a haven for foodies with some lovely restaurants offering daily fresh fish dishes, cafes, excellent fish and chips and ice cream that you need to guard with your life against the sea gulls!

One street back from the harbour you will find a lovely selection of shops, individual as well as high street names. Staying in St Ives means you are only ever a short walk from the beaches so take time to enjoy an early morning stroll away from the crowds or watch the sunset across the ocean in the evening.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit St. Ives and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

There are plenty of things to do in St Ives, from visiting the Tate at St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum to the Minack Theatre just around the corner. St Ives is famous for inspiring many artists and so there are plenty of galleries showcasing some stunning works.

The St Ives September Festival is one of the longest running and widest ranging Festival of the Arts in the UK. It lasts 15 days and includes all aspects of Art from Music (including Folk, Jazz, Rock, Classical & World) Poetry, Film, Talks and Books. Many of the local artists in the town open up their private studios to allow visitors to see exactly how their art is produced – well worth coinciding a visit for.

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