Who knew St Ives would feel so like home? Granted it’s not actually like my home but I just adore the beaches, views, cobbled streets, art and good food that are just so me…
First check out the tourist office in The Guildhall. They have plenty of maps and info. There is a Barbara Hepworth sculpture outside and also lots of markets take place here e.g. a Collectors Market on Mondays and Fair Wednesdays, both during summer months, and a Farmers’ Market on Thursday mornings year round. Check St Ives Guildhall for dates.
Other attractions include Tregenna Castle Gardens with views across the bay, sub-tropical flowers and a nature trail through 72 acres of grounds; Smeaton’s Pier is a part of the working harbour; St Ives Museum covering boatbuilding, mining and local history and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. But the best thing to do in St Ives is to wander around and take it all in…
St Ives is known to be an artist’s retreat so it is no surprise to find a wealth of wonderful galleries and studios. Some of my favourites:
Alexandra Dickens Gallery – abstract seascape paintings
Galleria St Ives on Tregenna Hill
St Ives Glass Studio
St Ives Society of Artists, Norway Square – in the light, airy nave of the old Mariners’ Church
The Blue Bramble Gallery in Island Square
Waves Surf Art Gallery – photography by Mike Lacey
Sloop Studios – 11 art and craft workshops in a secluded courtyard
Creative ID Arts and Crafts Gallery
Unfortunately Tate St Ives was closed when I visited and will be until 31 March 2017
There are several beaches circling St Ives: Porthmeor is a Blue Flag beach, overlooked by the Tate. Porthgwidden is a small sandy cove and sun trap with a café and kiosk. The harbour has its own beach but as it is a working harbour and very tidal it is not the best for lying out. My absolute favourite beach is Porthminster, on the far side of town. There are spectacular golden sands, a calm sea, watersports and a café. Carbis Bay, near to St Ives is renowned for its large and sandy Blue Flag strand.
Getting Around: Walk it!
Stay: Cohort Hostel, The Stennack – this is a modern spot with a big lounge area, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor courtyard.
Best Restaurants: The St Ives Pizza Company, Harbour Fish and Chips, Scoff Troff Café, The Yellow Canary Café, The Cornish Deli, Sky’s Diner, Porthminster Kitchen…
Best Coffee Spots: Mount Zion Coffee, The Coffee Lounge on Tregenna Hill…
One of the best things about St Ives is how easy it is to explore more of Cornwall. Following will be posts on Falmouth, Truro, Penzance and more….