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Places to Visit in Cornwall - Explore the Enchanting Charms of St Ives

What’s on, my Ansom?

As you know, Cornwall is an amazing place with an endless array of fantastic towns and villages. We’re back again to feature one of these towns with another entry in our series that highlights some of the best places to visit in Cornwall!

In this post you’re going to get a feel for one of Cornwall’s true gems - in fact, there might be no place in the county that captures the tradition, culture, and natural beauty of Cornwall better. Of course, we’re going to be looking at St. Ives! Let’s get on with it!

A Postcard-Perfect Coastal Wonderland

As you approach St Ives, be prepared to be greeted by breathtaking vistas of azure blue waters, golden sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs that seem to embrace the sea. This idyllic coastal setting is nothing short of a postcard-perfect wonderland.

The town is blessed with four stunning beaches: Porthmeor, Porthminster, Porthgwidden, and the picturesque harbour beach. Each has its own unique charm and offers a range of activities, from sunbathing and swimming to surfing and paddle boarding.

Artistic Heritage and Creativity

St Ives has a long-standing reputation as an artist's haven, attracting creative souls for centuries.

The town's stunning natural light, coastal landscapes, and vibrant colours have inspired famous artists like J.M.W. Turner and Barbara Hepworth.

The Tate St Ives, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, is a treasure trove of modern and contemporary art, featuring works by local and international artists.

As you wander through the charming cobbled streets, you’ll stumble upon numerous galleries, showcasing the talents of local artisans, painters, and sculptors. It really is a dream come true for art lovers!

Harbour and Seaside Delights places to visit in cornwall

Stroll along the picturesque harbour, where colourful fishing boats bob in the water, and indulge in a seaside classic - a proper Cornish ice cream! Ice cream shops have been a staple of the St Ives seafront for years, and it’s some of the best you’ll find anywhere in Cornwall.

Take a boat trip to spot seals and dolphins, or hop on a fishing charter for a thrilling day at sea. The harbour is also an ideal starting point for coastal walks, providing unparalleled views of the rugged coastline.

a person holding four ice creams

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Art enthusiasts shouldn't miss the chance to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. This unique attraction is a beautifully preserved studio and garden showcasing the works of the renowned sculptor, Barbara Hepworth.

Meander through the tranquil garden, adorned with her iconic sculptures, and gain insights into her creative process. The museum offers a glimpse into the life and legacy of this influential artist.

The South-West Coast Path

For nature lovers and avid hikers, the South-West Coast Path offers an unforgettable adventure. The trail stretches for over 600 miles along the region's rugged coastline, and St Ives serves as an ideal base for exploring some of its most scenic sections.

From the path, you can witness stunning panoramas, spot unique wildlife, and discover hidden coves accessible only by foot. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an awe-inspiring journey!

Festivals and Local Culture

St Ives comes alive with a vibrant calendar of events and festivals throughout the year. From the St Ives September Festival, celebrating arts and music, to the St Ives Food and Drink Festival, showcasing Cornwall's culinary delights, there's always something happening in this town. Engaging with the locals and joining in the festivities will give you an authentic taste of Cornish culture.

Ready to go?

And there you have it, folks! Another quick guide you can refer to when trying to decide which places are worth your time on your holidays. St Ives is a truly fantastic seaside town that will go toe to toe against any coastal town in the world as a place to visit.

If you know any other brilliant spots in St Ives, or if there’s anywhere else you’d like to know about, leave a comment below!

Later on!

1 Comment

Aug 06, 2023

Thanks Dawn, nice to read your blog. We like the campground and are very much. Best regards from your visitors from Holland

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