St Ives is a thriving seaside town on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. Formerly a fishing village, famous for artists, it is popular with tourists of all ages.
The setting of St Ives is spectacular on the North Cornish coastline. The town comprises of several beaches and bays linked by narrow lanes of attractive whitewashed former fisherman’s cottages. For it’s small size it has a wealth of independent shops, bars and restaurants. Although the architecture is pure Cornish, it has the feel of a popular and buzzy continental resort.
The blue flag beaches are popular with families and surfers. Being the Atlantic, the waters are clear but can be cold. The beaches are sandy, with lifeguards and have amenities close to hand. The town beaches can get crowded. Godrevy beach, a short drive away, is owned by the National Trust and has space even on the sunniest days.
Since the early twentieth century, the town has been popular with artists, still the case today. The Tate gallery has a branch in the town, they also run the Barbara Hepworth Gallery and sculpture garden. Throughout the town, there are small galleries and exhibitions.
Driving and parking in the town is a nightmare, if visiting for a day, you can use the Park and Ride train service from Lelant Saltings station. This way you also approach the town on this picturesque branch line. If you want a break from driving altogether, you can travel from home by train.
There are camping and caravan sites around the town. Hotels range from budget to luxury bistro, large and small. There is a wide choice of eateries covering all tastes and prices. The historic Sloop Inn by the harbour is rightly popular.