St Ives is one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations with award-winning beaches, a working harbour and narrow streets brimming with craft shops, art studios, old inns and fine eateries. A best family beach holiday, St Ives beaches include ‘Blue Flag’ Porthminster Beach with its great surf, and Harbour, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden beaches. The town has long been an inspiration for artists, and famous art galleries include one of Britain’s four Tate Galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach and the former studio and gardens of Barbara Hepworth, now a museum and sculpture garden. World famous craft and pottery names are also based here including The Leach Pottery, a pottery leader established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in St Ives in 1920. The galleries in The Leach Pottery Museum are one of the highlights along Cornwall’s Ceramics Trail. St Ives makes the perfect beach base from which to explore coastal mining villages and remains to the west around Zennor and St Just. Penzance and best British beaches at Sennen Cove and Porthcurno are an easy drive away.
St Ives hosts many festivals and events including the September Festival, Feast Day in February and seasonal Christmas celebrations. Whether you’re a family looking for that perfect beach holiday, an art lover or searching for the ultimate coastal retreat, St Ives is the perfect choice. Choose from a wide range of luxurious apartments, holiday homes and character guest houses in St Ives and the Carbis Bay area. Visit the St Ives Museum close to the harbour and learn more about St Ives history. The museum displays a fascinating photography collection on the fishing industry. Take your pick of scenic boat and fishing trips from beautiful St Ives harbour. Boat trips include tours around the nearby lighthouse as well as seal watching boat trips. Enjoy a round of golf at the challenging West Cornwall Golf Club, one of the country’s finest golf links in a spectacular setting on the Towans overlooking St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.