St Ives is a pretty seaside town, lying north of Penzance on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing means it is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably it was named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian newspaper and achieved the title of Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011.
Around the central town harbour you can find beautiful cobbled streets filled with great places to shop and to eat. St Ives is also blessed with an inordinate amount of spacious sandy beaches with hidden beach cafes. Indeed, out of season, St Ives is a very popular surfing destination with some of the only surfable waves in West Cornwall (‘The Boiler’ being a highly challenging wave).
St Ives also has a deep artistic heritage with plenty of small galleries around the town up to the internationally acclaimed museums.
Top Things to Do in and around St Ives
The Beaches (see HERE)
The Town (see HERE)
Tate St Ives
Modern Art Collections & cafe by the sea
Note: the Tate is closed until May 2016 for major renovation
Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
The working studio of the renowned sculptress (website)
Paradise Park, Cornwall
Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Hayle (website)
Open-air amphitheatre overlooking the Atlantic (website)