The Tate St Ives occupies an impressive three-storey building on the site of a former gas works that backs directly into the cliff face overlooking Porthmeor beach. It is close to the graveyard in which Alfred Wallis is buried. Thought up by architects Evans and Shalev, who said that the building was reminiscent of a […]
It is little wonder that St Ives has been attracting a steady stream of visitors for nearly 200 years. With its beautiful golden sand beaches, turquoise water and exceptional quality of light it has been a draw to artists and holidaymakers alike since the arrival of the railway.
The town itself radiates from the harbour which has remained the centre of activity since medieval times. From the jumble of whitewashed cottages that make up the 'Downlong' to the elegant Victorian townhouses of the 'Uplong' St Ives retains much of its charm.
There's no shortage of things to do and see either. From surfing on the Atlantic coast to visiting the Tate gallery, beach-side alfresco dining to a boat trip to Seal island there really is something for everyone.
In 1838 a privately-owned pilot gig was used to rescue the schooner Rivals which got into difficulty off the coast of St Ives. The bravery of the men who went out in it can only be imagined. The Cornish pilot gig (now used for inshore racing), is a six-oared wooden rowing boat, about thirty feet […]
360 degree panoramic view taken from in front of the tiny chapel of St Nicholas on the island in St Ives. The view takes in some of Porthmeor beach, the National Coastguard lookout, the beaches of Hayle across the bay and Porthminster beach across the harbour. In case you can’t tell, The Island is not […]
The St Ives School of painting is generally associated with a group of artists who made the town and its environs their home in the years following the second world war. The group, led by Ben Nicholson and his then wife, Barbara Hepworth, included Peter Lanyon, John Wells, Roger Hilton, Bryan Winter, Patrick Heron, Terry […]
Originally called ‘Pendinas’, which means ‘fortified headland’, the Island in St Ives is not really an island at all, but a small, grassy peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Once a promontory fort with a protective ditch and rampart, this jutting piece of land between the harbour and Porthmeor beach provides a […]