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St Ives

Things to do in St Ives

Museums and Galleries

Barbara Hepworth Museum:  Opening times 10:00 to 16:20 daily (last admission 16:00)

The museum has been created from the very studio and gardens that Barabara Hepworth worked in from 1949 to her death in 1975.  She is famous for her large bronze and wood carvings.

Tate Gallery (Temporarily closed until 21st May 2016)

Housed in an iconic building in a fabulous position overlooking Porthmeor beach this gallery houses major works of art.  See their website for details of the current exhibition . There is also a great cafe on the top floor which enjoys spectacular views, you can visit the cafe without having to pay an entrance fee for the gallery.

The Leach Pottery:  Opening times 10:00 to 17:00

This is a fully restored working pottery that was started by Bernard Leach in 1920.  Leach specialised in bringing a western eye to traditional chinese pottery and was very influential on english potters.


St Ives is home to numerous other small galleries displaying the works of local artisits, one can just wonder around the narrow streets and happen upon them.


St Ives has two main beaches, Porthmeor beach, which attracts the surfers and the more sheltered Porthminster beach which has 1/2 a mile of golden sand and is ideal for swimming and sun bathing.

Eating Out

According to Trip Advisor St Ives has 111 restaurants/cafes and pubs so there are plenty to choose from.  Obviously great seafood is one of the strong themes.  Just to mention 3 restaurants St Andrew's Bistro, Porthminster Kitchen and Mermaid Seafood Restaurant are all excellent.  One must try the Cornish Pasty which is now offered in my varieties as well as from the traditional recipe which includes beef, swede, potato, onion and a good dose of salt and pepper.  Pasties are available from outlets all over St Ives.