St Ives: The Town

Many visitors seem happy just to wander along the Harbour and down Fore Street and discover the variety of independent shops. There is also a wide choice of restaurants & pubs to revive them on their way.

However the Guided St Ives walks are one of the best and entertaining ways for visitors to learn about the history of the fishing town. It is also fun to go off alone and explore the maze of narrow cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages in the heart of old St Ives, known as ‘Downlong’. For those wanting to go further afield, the South West Coast path runs through St Ives and it is easy to escape the hurly-burly within minutes. Here is a useful link to a variety of walks around St Ives.

Due to its geographical location St Ives has a subtropical feel; the beaches are golden, the vegetation is lush and the light piercingly bright. Consequently artists from around the world have been drawn to this seaside town for centuries. Why not take the opportunity and explore your own creativity by doing a short course at St Ives School of Painting.

If you need inspiration, click for a selection of St Ives many Galleries and Museums