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St Ives Porthmeor Beach
Porthminster Beach  and The Tate Gallery- St Ives


St Ives in Cornwall is a popular family holiday destination. The town lies on the West Cornwall Peninsula. It is a vibrant collection of gift shops, cafes and picturesque holiday cottages, clustered around a quaint harbour and some of the countries best holiday beaches. Any visit to the West Country, must include time to experience the delights of St Ives - a beautiful and unique west coast holiday resort.

Families enjoy spending time relaxing or swimming on St Ives' holiday beaches;

The town itself is a picturesque mix of all the essential ingredients that go together to create a truly magnificent holiday destination.

St Ives, developed around the small drying fishing harbour and headland, known locally as The Island. A maze of narrow streets and alleyways are located around the harbour, and the crescent shaped beaches.

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St Ives and Porthmeor Beach The Island

Porthmeor Beach

Porthgwidden - Cornwall

Porthgwidden Beach

Porthminster Beach - Cornwall

Porthminster Beach in St Ives

Porthminster Beach St Ives

Porthminster Beach in St Ives

Holidays in St Ives

HOLIDAYS IN St IVES

Town Beach - St Ives - Cornwall

Harbour Beach - Town Beach - St Ives

St Ives harbour from Smeaton's Pier

St Ives harbour

During the spring and summer months the streets of St Ives are decorated with brightly coloured flower displays. The floral display, beckon you to wander through them - and discover their hidden delights and hidden corners.

The "Downalong" is the oldest part of St Ives. It is a maze of fishermen's cottages and narrow streets. It was originally built of a sandbank that linked "The Island" to the Cornish Mainland. The streets and quayside are lined with cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops.

The Island is a grassy peninsula that separates the main harbour from the beach at Porthmeor. It was at one time an Iron Age Promontory Hill Fort- a raised area of headland that still gives panoramic views of across the bay towards Hayle and along the coast toward Newquay. The Island is a great place to sit and relax, taking in the stunning views, or to look around the small granite St Nicholas's Chapel.

St Ives offers the visitor everything that they could wish for in a seaside resort. From the moment that you arrive in the town you are stunned by the panoramic vistas that seem to greet you on every turn - a great family Holiday destination, with fantastic beaches a Cornish Holiday that truly has something for everyone. Families can spend countless hours playing in the golden sands of the resorts gently sloping beaches, or simply, taking a relaxing dip in the uncharacteristically warm sea.

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St Ives Beach Guide

St Ives has four main holiday beaches, each with a distinctly different character.

Portmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach is the main beach in St Ives. It is a level sandy beach that is ideal for families. Porthmeor is a favourite with surfers, due to the Atlantic Swell.

  • Parking in the main St Ives town car parks
  • Refreshments - restaurant overlooking beach
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard during summer months
  • No dogs allowed on the beach between Easter and October
  • Sat Nav: N50º 12' 52.68" W5º 29' 04.05"

There are life guards on duty in the summer months. Porthmeor has a restaurant on the beach, as well as cafes and Gift shops in the narrow streets that radiate from it. The Tate gallery is situated adjacent to Porthmeor.

Surf enthusiasts can chase that elusive wave, along Porthmeor Beach, whilst those who are seeking somewhat more cerebral delights, can explore the towns history or experience the art work on offer in one of St Ives' many galleries.

Porthgwidden Beach

Porthgwidden - Cornwall

Porthgwidden Beach lies in a small sheltered cove, tucked between "The Island" and the harbour.

  • Parking in the main St Ives town car parks
  • Refreshments and cafes next to the entrance to the beach
  • Toilets
  • No dogs allowed on beach between Easter and October
  • Sat Nav: N50º 13' 01.37" W5º 28' 37.35"

Porthgwidden is a small but popular beach, with a very good cafe. Excellent for families, with safe bathing.

Harbour Beach

Harbour Beach- The harbour is tidal, exposing a sheltered beach at low tide.

  • Parking in the town car parks - Park and ride service
  • Toilets adjacent to the beach
  • Refreshments - cafes, bars, restaurants and shops line the main quay
  • No dogs allowed on the beach Easter to October
  • Sat Nav: N50º 12' 54.51" W5º 28' 44.25"

Harbour beach is ideal for families, in a central location, with the added benefit of all the amenities cafes, etc. that you need along its western edge.

St Ives harbour

St Ives Harbour

St Ives still maintains a small fishing industry, this is nothing to what it was - the town used to be Cornwall's principal pilchard. The town was shaped by the needs of the local fishing, mining and farming communities.

The harbour, is much larger than is needed for today's seafarers. The size of St Ives harbour reflects the towns past importance as a fishing port.

During the 19th century, St Ives was the home port to over 400 pilchard fishing boats. It was also a major industrial port. St Ives harbour was important the export of stone, tin and copper from the mines located around the Lands End Peninsula.

The harbour also imported the coal and other materials needed transport the materials to the harbour and to power the large beam engines and pumps of the local mines.

 

 
Porthminster Beach St Ives
Porthminster Beach  and The Tate Gallery- St Ives
The Tage Gallery St Ives

Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
Barnoon Hill
St Ives
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Porthminster Gallery at Westcott's Quay
Westcott's Quay
St Ives
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St Ives on Wikipedia

Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach is the second largest beach in St Ives. This popular holiday beach, is located to the south of the harbour and has a north eastern aspect.

  • Parking in the main town car parks
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments and cafes
  • Lifeguard - main season
  • No dogs Easter to October
  • Sat Nav Co-ordinates: N50º 12' 32.70" W5º 28' 39.84"

Porthminster is a safe family beach, that offers excellent bathing and stunning views along the coast towards Hayle and the Godreavy Lighthouse.

Porthminster beach has a full range of facilities, including include a beach café, toilets, beach huts and mini-golf. During the main season, there is a Lifeguard patrol to ensure your safety whilst bathing.

Porthminster Cafe an award winning seafood restaurant on the edge of Porthminster beach by Porthminster Point the Cafe has stunning sea views with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth Museum

St Ives known for the unique quality of sunlight which attracted many artists to the area. The town's northern aspect and being almost completely surround by the sea, gives the light a unique warmth with an almost Mediterranean quality to it.

Turner, Whistler and Sickert were amongst the earliest artists to arrive in St Ives, then in 1928 the local primitive artist Alfred Wallis was discovered by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naurn Gabo settled in St Ives in 1939.

Following the end of WWII a new younger generation of artists emerged in St Ives, including Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton and Patrick Heron.

The strong and vital artistic tradition that developed in St Ives, particularly in the field of the abstract avant-garde, led to the siting of the new Tate Gallery here in 1993.

The award-winning building is a triumph and the gallery has become one of Cornwall's major attractions, introducing modern art to an entirely new audience.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Barbara Hepworth Museum is fascinating and includes a garden featuring many of her sculptures. The museum is located close to the harbour, a 10 minute walk from Tate St Ives.

Porthminster Gallery

A ground floor gallery situated on ground-floor gallery is situated on the quayside. Exhibitions of contemporary and modern fine art in Cornwall. The gallery is in a converted Pilchard warehouse in Westcott's Quay, St Ives, Cornwall. The gallery displays some of the best examples of work from leading St Ives and British artists - mainly modern 20th century works on paper by post-war St Ives artists, including: Sandra Blow RA; Bryan Pearce; Terry Frost.

 

 

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ST IVES HOLIDAY RENTAL

3a Sea View Place  Parking Available 3a Sea View Place
Tel: 07816 232445.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Prices from £300 to £850


Amie  Parking Available Amie
Tel: 01736 797643. Enjoy England / Visit Britain 3 star En-Suite B&B Stays in Carbis Bay sleeps 6. Prices from £34 to £36
Taking Bookings in May - phone for details


The Apartment, Royal Square  Parking Available The Apartment, Royal Square
Tel: 01736 795255.   Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in St Ives sleeps 6. Prices from £410 to £725


The Olive Branch  Parking Available The Olive Branch
Tel: 01736 795 363. Visit England / Quality in Tourism 4 star En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £35


7 Beach Court  7 Beach Court
Tel: 01884 842518.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives sleeps 2. Sat Changeover, Prices from £300 to £550
Open April to October


11 Seaview Terrace  Parking Available 11 Seaview Terrace
Tel: 01736 798440.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £90


Thurlestone Guest House  Parking Available Thurlestone Guest House
Tel: (01736) 796369. CTB member,, AA 4 Star - Trip Advisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence award En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £37 to £84


Sailfish Cottage  Parking Available Sailfish Cottage
Tel: 08448 099170.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in St Ives sleeps 6.


Atlantic Lookout  Parking Available Atlantic Lookout
Tel: 0121 427 3426. Quality in Tourism / Visit England 4 star Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 8.


Southern Comfort  Southern Comfort
Tel: 01275 331 229.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives sleeps 4. Sat Changeover, Prices from £259 to £825


1 Trinity Watch  Parking Available 1 Trinity Watch
Tel: 01736 797860.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £80


No 1 Salubrious Terrace  No 1 Salubrious Terrace
Tel: 01460 259 295.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri Changeover, Prices from £275 to £1150
Save up to 20% on 7 Nights Stay - up to £109 off
Available Friday March 7th to Friday April 11th
3/4 Night Breaks



Sailing By St Ives - 11 The Digey  Pets Allowed Sailing By St Ives - 11 The Digey
Tel: 01460 259 295.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives sleeps 6. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri Changeover, Prices from £320 to £1150 Pets Welcome
School Holiday Special Offer No. 11 The Digey.
7 nights Friday 4th - Friday 11th April. Was £545 save £109 (20%) now only £436



Borthalan Hotel  Parking Available Borthalan Hotel
Tel: 01736 795946. AA 4 stars En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £35


Labour in Vain  Pets Allowed Labour in Vain
Tel: 07810 480190.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £390 to £1495 Pets Welcome
W/C 19th April for Labour in Vain - £995 reduced to £845


Wheal Dream Cottage Apartment  Parking Available Wheal Dream Cottage Apartment
Tel: 01736 794839. CTB member,  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Apartment Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 4.


Cornish Cottage  Parking Available Cornish Cottage
Tel: 01736 793239. CTB member,  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in St Ives sleeps 2. Prices from £290 to £774


Coast House B&B  Parking Available Coast House B&B
Tel: 01736 797 888.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views-


Harbour View Apartments High Tide & Low Tide  Harbour View Apartments High Tide & Low Tide
Tel: 07887 567842.   Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in St Ives sleeps 4. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £540 to £1200


The Blue House - St Ives  Pets Allowed Parking Available The Blue House - St Ives
Tel: 0207-794-2838.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 4. Prices from £375 Pets Welcome


The Hollies  Parking Available The Hollies
Tel: 01736 796605.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £32


Owls Nest  Parking Available Owls Nest
Tel: 01332 673580.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £245
Saturday 12th April - Saturday 19th April -  HALF TERM - was £450.00 - Save £55.00 now only £395.00.
- Saturday 26th April
Saturday 3rd May was £450.00 save £55.00 now £395.00



Dreamscape  Parking Available Dreamscape
Tel: 07956 396121.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 4.


Seaforth  Parking Available Seaforth
Tel: 01736 798 658.   Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from £40


Men an Mor Cottage & Apartment  Parking Available Men an Mor Cottage & Apartment
Tel: 07919 622472.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Apartment Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £250 to £2500


Corner Cottage  Parking Available Corner Cottage
Tel: 07814892909. St. Ives Hotel & Guest House Association  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in St Ives sleeps 5. Prices from £330 to £1295


West by Five  West by Five
Tel: 01736 794584. Quality in Tourism / Visit Britain 5 Star Guest Accommodation En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £70 to £120


Blue View Apartment  Parking Available Blue View Apartment
Tel: 01736 793 239.   Self-catering Holiday Apartment Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 2. Prices from £350 to £850


Ten Ocean View  Ten Ocean View
Tel: 01736 795196.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £75


8 The Digey - Sailing By St Ives  Pets Allowed 8 The Digey - Sailing By St Ives
Tel: 01460 259 295.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 5. - suitable for Large Groups, Fri Changeover, Prices from £320 to £1150 Pets Welcome
May 2014 Short Breaks Available in No: 8 The Digey. 4 Night Break £465.00, Fri 9th - Mon 12th -3 Night Break £422.00, Tue 20th - Thur 22nd


Channings  Parking Available Channings
Tel: 01736 799500.   En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £35 to £50


Chy-An-Gwedhen  Parking Available Chy-An-Gwedhen
Tel: 01736 798684. Quality in Tourism / Visit England, CTB member,, SWT 4 star, Silver Award En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people Prices from £32 to £45


The Wreck - Fishermans Cottage  The Wreck - Fishermans Cottage
Tel: 01564 776418.   Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in St Ives sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Prices from £600 to £1300


Cheriton House  Cheriton House
Tel: 01736 367823.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 3. Prices from £230


Atlantic Heights  Parking Available Atlantic Heights
Tel: 01872 858726
mob: 07706 662042.
  En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- Prices from £70 to £110


Treloyhan Lodge  Parking Available Treloyhan Lodge
Tel: 01732 454061.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 8. - suitable for Large Groups, Sat Changeover, Prices from £800 to £2615 - onsite swimming pool -
Special Offer - Save £200 on May 2014 Prices. E-mail owner for details


Net Loft  Net Loft
Tel: 01934 824399.   Self-catering Holiday Rental in St Ives sleeps 4. Prices from £375


Panorama Bed & Breakfast  Panorama Bed & Breakfast
Tel: 07740 733 041.   B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 6. Prices from £80 to £130


Tregenna Castle  Parking Available Tregenna Castle
Tel: 01736 795254.   Self-catering Holiday Rental En-Suite B&B Stays in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps Over 10 people


Avoca Cottage  Parking Available Avoca Cottage
Tel: 07970 617661. CTB member,  Self-catering Holiday Cottage Rental in St Ives with Sea Views- sleeps 7. Prices from £250 to £950


 
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