St Ives, Cornwall holiday information, accommodation, history and beautiful photos
It’s not difficult to take lovely photographs of St Ives, probably for the same reasons that artists have flocked here for the last hundred years. Here I have set up some mini-galleries on various points of interest, places and themes in and around St Ives. Hopefully you will enjoy them almost as much as I have enjoyed taking (and acquiring) them.
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 in fact an island at all – but it’s close!
To fully appreciate the panorama go full-screen by clicking the icon in the top right.
Porthgwidden beach sits in the lee of ‘the Island’, the large rocky headland that sits at the limit of the St Ives peninsula. Just around the corner from the much bigger and wilder Porthmeor beach, Porthgwidden is much more sheltered from wind and waves. It’s a great spot for catching a few rays and families with all the facilities at hand including car parking and a good cafe.
Trencrom Hill is located a couple of miles south of St Ives and is the highest hill in West Cornwall. From here the views are great taking in Godrevy and St Agnes beyond to the east and Mount’s Bay and St Micheal’s Mount to the south. Trencrom is also of historic importance and features in many local legends
During the 19th century St Ives was one of the biggest pilchard ports in Britain with fish being exported all over Europe from here. Life was centred around the harbour as it was 100s of years before, and to some extent still is. Fishing was dangerous work and many lives were lost at sea yet despite this poverty was rife in the warren of streets behind that run from the harbour. It wasn’t just fishermen who risked their lives at sea; over the years many ships have run aground in and around St Ives causing loss of life to both mariners and lifeboat men.