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The Cornish town of St. Ives is an outstanding holiday resort, known internationally as a place of great beauty. St Ives has some of the best beaches in Europe and is unrivalled for its idyllic combination of sea, sand and sunshine. The harbourside enclaves of narrow, cobbled lanes and flower-filled courtyards, all underpin the town's delightfull charm and beauty.

Please click below to view local Attractions, Entertainment and Activities.
The traditional heart of St Ives is the harbour area, where working fishing boats still maintain the town's seagoing interests and where low tides reveal expanses of shining sand. On the superb surfing beach of Porthmeor you can indulge in the numerous watersports to be found there. To the south side of the town is Porthminster Beach, a wonderful family beach with a delightfull beachside cafe. Both beaches are regular award winners.
St Ives has an international reputation in the world of art and its artistic heritage is enshrined in the stunning St Ives Tate Gallery above Porthmeor Beach. There are numerous other galleries which add to the general quality and pleasure of the St Ives artistic experience, as does the town's September Festival, a two-week annual celebration of Arts and Music. The visual appeal of St Ives is enhanced by the town's famous floral displays, which regularly win a string of awards. Add to this a range of excellent restaurants and cafes which cater for all tastes, traditional pubs, entertainment for all ages, and a lively and friendly atmosphere and St Ives becomes a sheer delight to visit.
Attractions

Things To Do

The Tate Gallery, St Ives
The fantastic architecture of the Tate Galley is the pride of St Ives. Overlooking the popular surfing beach of Porthmeor, the Gallery is only a few minutes stroll from the town centre. Open all year round, The Tate offers the opportunity to view world class exhibitions from artists of all genres, here in St. Ives.

www.tate.org.uk/stives

The Barbara Hepworth Museum
The Barbara Hepworth Museum is located in St Ives and has been maintained by the Tate Gallery since 1980. A wonderful exhibition dedicated to the life, work and memory of the world famous sculptress, Dame Barbara Hepworth. One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Barbara Hepworth carried out her best work while living in St Ives. Her final home in St Ives has now become a museum for her works.
www.tate.org.uk/stives/hepworth

Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is an style open air amphitheatre clinging to the granite cliffs above the beach at Porthcurno, this remarkable theatre was constructed in the 1930s as a hobby project by the late Miss Rowena Cade who lived in the large house just behind the theatre. Since its inception the Minack Thetar has developed over the years into a world-famous venue and a summer season of plays and musical entertainment is held every year from the end of May until late September.
www.minack.com/dayvisitors/introduction.htm

St Ives Museum
The St Ives Museum is run by enthusiastic local volunteers who are on hand to tell you everything you could want to know about the history of this West Cornwall town. The museum has a wonderful collection of art, mining, fishing, railway, farming artefacts, and old toys. There is also a replica of a traditional Cornish kitchen, a display of Victorian clothing and a fascinating insight into the history of the Hain Steamship company. It is a must for anyone interested in Cornish history.
www.ukattraction.com/west-country/st-ives-museum.htm

Seal Island / Fishing Trips
Take a trip westward to Seal Island. Observe the grey Atlantic seals. After leaving the harbour and rounding The Island, you will pass Porthmeor Beach, and The Tate Gallery, then continue along the beautiful rugged Cornish cliffs and secluded coves, before reaching the famous Seal Island.
Embark on a two hour fishing trip using traditional hand lines (as used by professionals) in and around St. Ives Bay. All equipment supplied, keep all you catch. Great fun for all.
www.stivesboats.co.uk/index.htm

The Eden Project
Eden Project is a truly unique experience, in the heart of Cornwall's Clay Mining country - a place to explore the amazing relationship that exists between the human population and the fascinating world of plants and the extent that we depend on plants for our very existence. The world's largest geodesic domes contain two distinct biospheres to explore, the Humid Tropical Biome featuring a jungle environment and the Warm Temperate Biome, featuring plant species from the Mediterranean, South Africa and California.


www.edenproject.com

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan
The magnificent award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for more than seventy years, are the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe. The Lost Gardens of Heligan consist of over 80 acres of magnificent gardens. In the spring of 1991, the Gardens of Heligan were lost and forgotten under many years of bramble, ivy, rampant laurel and fallen timber. A year later, the restoration team opened the gardens to enable the public to share in the excitement of their discovery.
www.heligan.com


Places To Visit

Carbis Bay
Carbis Bay stands on the beautiful coastline of Cornwall's North coast on the wide sweep of St Ives Bay. It has a fine beach of golden sand which is popular with families because of the sheltered safe bathing which it offers. There are excellent views of the magnificent coastline and cliff top walks towards St Ives.

Lelant
Lelantis on the estuary of the Hayle River, and Lelant is 3 miles from St Ives. Lelant in the Middle Ages was a port, but the river eventually silted up, and the port declined. The estuary is now salt marshland, and a sanctuary for wading birds.

Hayle
Hayle is famous for its association with the Cornish industry of mining. It is an historic town on Cornwall's North Coast situated on the estuary of the Hayle River. Long sandy beaches stretching from Phillack on the mouth of the River Hayle to Upton Towans and towards Gwithian, provide a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the magnificent panoramic views towards Godrevy lighhouse and St Ives.

Zennor
Zennor is an enchanting moorland village west of St Ives situated between St. Ives and Land's End. It is a haven for walkers, bird watchers, artists and anyone who wants a taste of the rural way of life or just simply to relax! The twelfth century church there has the famed bench end carving of 'the mermaid of Zennor'.

Lands End
Lands End Cornwall is the most westerly point in mainland England. The most visited outdoor tourist attraction in the County. Lots for all the family to see and do. Lands End has rugged wave lashed cliffs, stunning views, the Longships Lighthouse and Wolf Rock off shore, the Isles of Scilly in the distance. 2500 miles away across the Atlantic Ocean is America.




Newquay
Newquay, is one of the most popular Holiday destination in Cornwall. With around seven miles of soft, golden, sandy beaches Newquay is one of the main surfing destinations inthe UK with Fistral Beach being the venue for leading competitions. Well known for its nightlife,surfing, 11 beaches, and of course a full range of water sports, Newquay provides its visitors with a vast variety of excitement , entertainment and choices. Explore the cliff tops, walks along one of the superb beaches or visit some of the many attractions in the town or close by.
www.newquay.org.uk

Penzance
Penzance is a thriving town in the far west of Cornwall, lying on Cornwall's south coast. The town is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic cliffs, rocky coves, pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear seas. Penzance has a great charm and atmosphere. Each year in June Penzance hosts the exciting Golowan Festival with theatre, music and street events. A wonderful place to visit at any time of the year It has a mild climate and this can be seen in the variety of sub tropical plants and trees which can be found growing in the town's Morrab Gardens.
www.penzance.co.uk/tourism/index.htm


Entertainment

Restaurants



Alfresco
An open fronted continental style cafe bar, with seating inside and outside. Located on the picturesque harbourside with great views over the bay.
www.stives-harbour.co.uk

Seafood Cafe
Serves a selection of fresh local fish & shellfish, prime Cornish meats & free range poultry. Choose exactly what you want from the chill cabinets in the dining room and tell them how you would like it cooked.
www.seafoodcafe.co.uk

Mermaid Seafood Restaurant
Situated in the heart of St. Ives' old fishing quarter known as "Down-a-long", the Mermaid (Seafood) Restaurant has a well earned reputation as being one of the finest seafood restaurants in Cornwall.
www.stivesleisure.co.uk/food/mermaid/mermaid_advert.htm

Waves Restaurant
Serving great modern British food freshly and simply. A relaxed atmosphere, chic modern interior , great views and al fresco dining.
www.atlanticwavesrestaurant.co.uk

Pubs And Bars

The Sloop Inn
One of Cornwall's oldest and most famous Inns, favourite haunt of locals, fishermen, artists and tourists all year round. Believed to date from about 1312 A.D., the Sloop Inn is situated right on the harbour front at St Ives with only a cobbled forecourt and road separating it from the sea.


www.sloop-inn.co.uk

The Western Hotel
Located right in the centre of St. Ives, The Western has three bars - The Kiddlywink The Craic and The Great Room. It also has 15 bedrooms. It is one of the most popular pubs in town among locals.
www.westernhotel-stives.co.uk

The Sheaf of Wheat
The pub is situated in the centre of town, a Free House serving the usual range of beers, wines and spirits plus pub meals. It is well known locally for a great Sunday Carvery.
www.sheafofwheat.co.uk

The Isobar
A cafe bar and nightclub that combines a fusion of styles in one venue. Established in 1997 as a nightclub and cocktail bar, the Isobar is located in the heart of St Ives and is one of the the most popular venues in town.
www.theisobar.co.uk

Cafes

Porthmeor Beach Cafe
The Porthmeor Beach Cafe is an ideal place to eat some of the finest food in St Ives and watch the sun set in the west on there outdoor terrace. Porthmeor Beach Cafe is on St. Ives' premier surfing beach, facing North into the Atlantic Ocean.
www.porthminstercafe.co.uk


Activities

Surfing

The St. Ives area is internationally famous for its surfing and Porthmeor Beach is a major venue for both local and international surfers looking for the perfect wave. Porthmeor Beach is St. Ives' premier surfing beach which faces North into the Atlantic Ocean which makes for world class waves and surfing. During the summer the beach hosts surfing contests, art classes, sand sculpture and surf life-saving.

Sailing / Boating

St Ives Sailing Club is based in the famous Cornish harbour town of St Ives. St Ives Bay offers a wonderful opportunity to experience sea sailing in the comparative safety of St Ives Bay.
www.stivessailingclub.com

The St.Ives Pleasure Boat Association comprises three of the largest pleasure boats in
St. Ives offering the greatest variety of trips in and around St. Ives Bay.
www.stivesboats.co.uk/index.htm

Fishing

There are plenty of opportunities to 'Get Afloat' from St. Ives Harbour. Boats are available from Penzance, Newlyn and St Ives and offer a variety of options for the visiting sea angler.

Diving

Dive St Ives offer regular dive trips and holidays including PADI courses from Scuba Diver and Open Water, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor tuition.

Golf

West Cornwall Golf Course, Lelant is Cornwall's oldest course overlooking St. Ives Bay it is a true links course with numerous natural qualities and fine turf.
www.westcornwallgolfclub.co.uk
Tregenna Castle Hotel Golf Course a parkland course set in the magnificent grounds of Tregenna Castle Hotel with narrow fairways, small greens and fabulous views of St. Ives Bay.
www.tregenna-castle.co.uk/golf

Walking

Walk along the 7-mile coastal path from St Ives to the old picturesque Cornish village of Zennor. Enjoy the spectacular views, the aqua blue sea and the inaccessible bays. You may even spot the odd Seal close to the shoreline.with guide.
The Old St Ives Organised walkabout meets outside the Guildhall in St Ives Tuesday or Thursday evenings.


www.cornwall-online.co.uk/walking/walks/stives-landsend.htm

Relaxation

The Attic Cellar Relaxtion And Treatment Centre has alternative and traditional massage therapies, genuine Finnish Sauna, revitalising aromatherapy steam capsule, and advanced professional beauty therapies ( facials, waxing, Dermalogica skincare )
www.atticcellar.co.uk


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