St Ives Cornwall - Online Holiday and Travel Guide to the beaches in St Ives; plus thing to do and where to stay in St Ives
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.
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 fishermens 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 aroung 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.
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.
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 lies in a small sheltered cove, tucked between "The Island" and the harbour.
Porthgwidden is a small but popular beach, with a very good cafe. Excellent for families, with safe bathing.
Harbour Beach- The harbour is tidal, exposing a sheltered beach at low tide.
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 wesern edge.
Porthminster Beach is the second largest beach in St Ives. Porthminster Beach is located to the south of the harbour and has a north eastern aspect.
Porthminster is a safe family beach, that offers excellent bathing and stunning views along th 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 Portminstter beach by Porthminster Point the Cafe has stunning sea views with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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 locatted 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.
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.
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, Cornwal. 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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