St IvesUnited Kingdom

St Ives which includes street scenes, shopping and signage

4.5/5Top Destination

Escape to St Ives! Enjoy its oceanfront, castle, and northern lights.

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.

Known for

Sea, Friendly People and Castles

Top Hotels in St Ives

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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St. Ives Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
The Terrace, St Ives, England
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.2/5Very Good! (171 reviews)

"The property is fabulous. Really tastefully decorated. Amenities great. They have a lovely indoor pool that you can actually swim in. The spa is beautiful and very relaxing with a really nice steam room and sauna. Also well equipped gym. The service can be a bit slow in bar and restaurant otherwise ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

St. Ives Harbour Hotel
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Tregenna Castle Resort
3 out of 5
Tregenna Castle Estate, Treloyon Avenue, St Ives, England
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22
3.9/5Very Good! (349 reviews)

"Lovely property. Rooms are a little tired. Amenities are minimal. Shower cap and gel soap on the wall. Tea and coffee in room was ok. Restaurant was nice."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Tregenna Castle Resort
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Borthalan Hotel
4 out of 5
Off Boskerris Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, England
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4/5Very Good! (129 reviews)

"Owners were very friendly. Had to use a cup to fill the kettle as it wouldnt fit under the tap and situation of plugs in the room were not easily accessible"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Borthalan Hotel

Popular things to do in St Ives

Porthminster Beach
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Porthminster Beach

5/5 (10 Ratings)

Rent a hut and play mini-golf with your family with a picturesque backdrop of headland cliffs, the sea and the Godrevy Lighthouse.

Porthmeor Beach
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Porthmeor Beach

4.5/5 (11 Ratings)

Enjoy views of rugged cliffs and take lessons with a local surf school at this picturesque cove that has long inspired artists.

Tate St. Ives
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Tate St. Ives

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

At the seaside outpost of this renowned British gallery, exhibitions celebrate the work of artists who have lived and worked in St. Ives.

Reviews of St Ives


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5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 31, 2019

Absolutely gorgeous Fishing Town in Cornwall.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 12, 2019

The area is beautiful! We walked around the port, visited 2 museums & dined in the town. The taxi service is terrific & spared us the ordeal of driving the narrow streets.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 14, 2019

The residents of St. Ives are intelligent, friendly, accommodating, hardy, resourceful, and quite artistic. St. Ives has a rugged and wild beauty that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 29, 2019

Very friendly quaint and charming seaside village. Cottage was ideal this time of year with gas fireplace, comfortable king bed and very nice bathroom with separate amazing shower. Spent a week in St. Ives studying pottery at Leach Pottery.