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Pocket Guide: St Ives

St. Ives is widely considered to be the crown jewel of Cornwall, with its unique tapestry of slate rooves and azure waters, all overlooked from atop the hill by the quaint little St. Nicholas Chapel.

St. Ives’ History

St. Ives was once a simple fishing town, dealing mainly in the pilchards or sardines that were brought into its harbour. However, the decline in the fishing trade lead to a shift in commercial emphasis. Later it became Cornwall’s prime arts hub, and was home to a number of influential artists, such as renowned potters, Bernard Leach and Shōji Hamada, and sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo. Today, it is a popular seaside resort – one of the most popular in the country, in fact. It’s easy to see why from our selection of beautiful St. Ives hotels.

Beach Life in St. Ives

And is it any surprise? St. Ives is known for its beaches of golden sand and turquoise waters - the nearby Porthminster Beach and Porthmeor Beach are considered two of the best beaches in the UK. With its mild climate, St. Ives is the ideal summer holiday destination for those who want to holiday a little closer to home. Book yourself a beach hotel in St. Ives and simply laze by the sea in the sun, or stay in an adventure sport hotel and get involved in a little water sports to get your heart pumping. The waters around St. Ives are great for those wanting to learn how to surf or for a bit of paddleboarding. No matter what you’re looking for in a beach holiday, St. Ives has you covered.

The Town of St. Ives

But it’s not all about the beach; the town itself has plenty enough to pull in the crowds. Explore St. Ives beautiful winding cobbled streets and discover hidden treasures in its small independent shops and galleries. The town still hasn’t lost its artistic focus and you’ll find plenty of galleries, museums and sculptures all over the town. That’s on top of all the restaurants serving delectable local produce and fresh seafood caught on the day. And be sure not to miss out on a pint of the local brew at one of St. Ives’ traditional pubs. The town certainly knows how to treat its guests right too, and hotels in St. Ives are some of the cutest in the country.

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