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Visitor information for St Ives in Cornwall

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St Ives' charm lies in its pretty harbour and delightful shopping streets which meander uphill with plenty of fascinating window displays on the way to temp you inside.

As pretty as a picture it’s not surprising that the town attracted nineteenth century sea and landscape artists who put St Ives on the map for future generations of artists and sculptors.

Sitting above Porthmeor Beach is the elegant Tate St Ives gallery, which opened in 1993 and offers a programme of changing exhibitions.

Renowned sculptress Barbara Hepworth lived and worked in St Ives and a Museum and Garden dedicated to her work is open daily from March to October and Tuesdays to Sundays out of season.

The sandy Harbour Beach is perfectly situated to catch the best of the day’s sunshine and being just a short stroll from the town centre it’s a family favourite. Fishing boats come and go with the tides as they head out to catch the freshest of fish for the local restaurants, while pleasure boats bob about on the water.

For centuries the harbour has been the focal point of the town and still today acts like a magnet to both locals and holiday visitors.

There are plenty of beaches to choose from: Portmeor and Porthminster have golden sands with restaurant and cafe facilities and all you need for a day’s relaxation in the sun. Smaller Porthgwidden is a sheltered cove that offers safe swimming; while a mile or so around the headland is Carbis Bay, popular with families and those wanting to water ski or windsurf.

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