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St Ives
Travel Guide

St Ives featuring a sandy beach, a coastal town and a bay or harbour

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.

The St Ives Bay Hotel
The St Ives Bay Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The Terrace, Cornwall, St Ives, England
The price is £179 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are also within 10 ...
3.2/5 (48 reviews)
"The hotel was wonderful, friendly staff willing to help, very clean environment and a beautiful view of the see. It was a bonus the had parking ( but its first come first serve with about 10/12 spots) the rooms were lovely and comfy. The wifi was good had no problems with it and the hotel provided ..."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

The St Ives Bay Hotel
Tregenna Castle Resort
Tregenna Castle Resort
3 out of 5
Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
Situated by the sea, this spa resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Carbis Bay Beach, Porthminster Beach and St Ives Harbour. Harbour Sand and St. Ives Theatre are ...
4/5Very Good! (468 reviews)
"Great place to stay when visiting St Ives"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Tregenna Castle Resort
The Gannet Inn
The Gannet Inn
3 out of 5
St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
The price is £240 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carbis Bay Beach and Porthminster Beach. St Ives Harbour is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Carbis Bay Station ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"thank you for a wonderfull relaxing stay, the room was amazing and the staff very helpfull and friendly. The food was cooked to a very high standard also, will certainly come back again."

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2020

The Gannet Inn
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Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
4 out of 5
Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester, England
The price is £63 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is steps away from Urbis, Printworks and National Football Museum. Deansgate and Manchester Cathedral are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,090 reviews)
Great central Manchester hotel
"Fabulous historical detail in the public areas but stylish, contemporary and very clean rooms. Love the grab-and-go breakfasts!"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £85 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (709 reviews)
"Its in beautiful Bath and it feels like a Georgian Bath Property to stay in."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £104 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,060 reviews)
"Lovely clean room, great amenities in the room. Will use Staycity again."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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