Things to do in St Ives

Nestled along Cornwall's mesmerising coastline, St Ives has captivated artists for many years. Today, explore their inspiration and discover their work at the galleries and shops that line the cobbled streets. Afterwards, relax on one of the many sandy beaches or stop off for a bite to eat with a view.

This coastal town seamlessly fuses beauty and creativity, offering a haven for beach enthusiasts, art aficionados, and those seeking peaceful moments by the sea.

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

An Artist's Paradise

St Ives boasts an illustrious art scene. Renowned for its pivotal role in British modernism, the town has drawn artists for decades. The sublime interplay of light and sea even inspired luminaries like Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis.

No visit is complete without spending some time at the Tate. Couple your experience with a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum, or see the ever-changing exhibitons at Penwith Gallery.

If you're feeling inspired, why not get creative yourself? Leach Pottery offer several classes, or simply sit on the sand and sketch what you see!

St Ives Bay Line
The train journey to St Ives is one of the most scenic in Britain.

Park & Ride to forget traffic and take in the views

Swap tedious traffic for gorgeous coastal views on the St Ives Bay Line - one of Britain's most scenic branch lines.

Head to St Erth station by train on the Cornish main line or arrive by car straight off the A30 (500 parking spaces).

Then take the 11-minute ride to St Ives, arriving right opposite the glorious Porthminster beach, ready to feel the sand between your toes or explore the town.

Porthminster Beach
Coast Boat Trips
Porthmeor Beach

A Beach for Everyday

St. Ives' coastline boasts golden sands and crystal clear waters, perfect for every type of beach day. Enjoy sun-soaked relaxation with unparalelled views, whilst adventure seekers revel in an array of water sports – from surfing the Atlantic's waves to kayaking through serene coves. To get closer to the action, why not go on a boat trip and see what marine life you can spot!

With galleries, beaches, restaurants, shops and excursions, there's plenty to keep you busy in this coastal town. Find out more about what you can get up to in St Ives and start planning your next trip today.

  • To use an overused term, it has something for everyone! Kids love the beaches, surfers love the beaches, adults love the beaches! There's the art, the views, the coastal walks, the trips out to Seal Island, the harbourside pubs....

  • Dogs are welcome on Harbour beach except between the 1st July and the 31st August (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthminster beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthgwidden beach except from the 1st July to the 31st August between 10am and 6pm when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are welcome on Porthmeor beach except between 15th May and 30 September (10am - 6pm) when a seasonal dog ban is in place.

    Dogs are allowed on Bamaluz beach all year around.

  • Yes, once you get down into the town. The main carpark is up on the hill, but there are hoppa-busses that take you down into the centre.

    Although the town centre is not pedestrianied, it's never too busy with vehicles and easy to browse the shops and galleries.

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