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.

The Tate St Ives

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 […]

The St Ives Lifeboat

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 […]

Island Panorama

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 […]

St Ives Harbour Beach Panorama

360 degree panoramic view of St Ives harbour and beach. Great views along the beach and wharf road and over towards Smeaton’s pier with its two lighthouses. Move the panorama around with your mouse. For best effect go full screen using the icon in the top right. 50.21515726184236 -5.477530673788465

The St Ives School

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 […]

The Island

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 […]