St Ives

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St Ives featuring a bay or harbour, boating and a beach

With its white-washed cottages and white-sand beaches, this seaside village is as pretty as a painting and a magnet for artists and artistic happenings.

The town of St. Ives curves around a harbor overlooking the clear waters of its eponymous bay. Beyond the shoreline lie a cluster of fishermen’s cottages and narrow cobbled lanes where galleries, cafés and craft shops proliferate. Splash around in the surf and explore the impressive artistic offerings in town.

Though once just a regular fishing village, St. Ives has attracted many prominent artists since the early 19th century, including J.M.W. Turner and James McNeill Whistler. The town’s reputation as an artistic hub still remains and many renowned galleries are now based here.

Stop by the Tate St. Ives near the popular swimming spot of Porthmeor Beach. See works from modern British artists, including painter Ben Nicholson. Another important figure in the art scene of St. Ives is modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth. She is honored at the Tate-owned Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Continue your artistic explorations at the Leach Pottery museum, where displays are devoted to the work of the master British potter Bernard Leach.

For relaxation during the warmer months, hit the golden sands of Porthminster Beach. From here, admire views of the Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s famous 1927 novel To the Lighthouse. Adventurers surf, kayak and paddleboard here too.

Explore the labyrinthine streets in the old heart of the town, known locally as Downalong. To learn more about the town’s history, visit the St. Ives Museum. Exhibits focus on its mining, fishing and boatbuilding industries.

When dining, seafood is the obvious choice. Eat beer-battered fish and chips at a cozy gastro pub or try some other delicious Cornish seafood. In between meals, snack on traditional Cornish pasties, savory baked pastries filled with minced meat and vegetables.

There is lots to keep you excited and amused in St. Ives, but consider a boat excursion out to Seal Island, where a colony of seals reside.

St. Ives is located in Cornwall on England’s southwest coast. Make the 3-hour drive from Bristol or use rail or coach services instead. Enjoy simple seaside pleasures and artistic delights at this picturesque harbor town.

Tregenna Castle Resort
Tregenna Castle Resort
3 out of 5
Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$152 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Carbis Bay Beach and Harbour Sand are also within 1 mile ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (505 reviews)
"Amazing views from the castle! There are a lot of buildings, so finding the hotel took a minute! The inside is spectacular, the rooms are a bit older looking though. Comfortable and very clean though."

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2021

Tregenna Castle Resort
St Ives Harbour Hotel
St Ives Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
The Terrace, St Ives, England
The price is AU$262 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this St Ives hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (307 reviews)
"Really close to the beach....great views....friendly staff. Clean room and nice breakfast and dinner."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

St Ives Harbour Hotel
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
4 out of 5
Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
Nestled on the beach, this St Ives hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Carbis Bay Beach and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from St Ives Harbour. Porth Kidney Sands and Porthminster ...
4/5 Very Good! (64 reviews)
Carbides Bay our treat retreat
"Second time we have stayed at Caribs Bay . Just the loveliest place ever . We will come back"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2021

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
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Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
St Ives, ENG
This family-friendly St Ives apartment building is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Fantastic property the sea view from the lounge bay window is stunning and from the balcony in the master bedroom this property is clean and spacious and the added touch of the use of the harbour hotel and spa I would recommend the high tea at this hotel as it’s fantastic value for money lovely sandwiches ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Luxury Apartment, Sea Views, Balcony, Swimming Pool, Spa, Gym, Parking & Wifi
Una St. Ives
Una St. Ives
5 out of 5
Laity Lane Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Carbis Bay Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from St Ives Harbour. Porth Kidney Sands and West ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"The facilities are excellent."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

Una St. Ives
6 Barnaloft
6 Barnaloft
4 out of 5
23 Barnaloft, St Ives, England
Nestled on the beach, this St Ives holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Porthmeor Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and Porthgwidden Beach are also ...
6 Barnaloft
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