St Ives is renowned for the number of galleries and resident artists in town, the best known being The Tate, The Hepworth Sculpture Garden and the Bernard Leach Pottery however, hidden around most corners of the town you will come across the local artist striving for the same recognition. The history and culture of St Ives is recorded in the Museum near The Island. In and around St Ives, there is a lot to keep the children amused, The St Ives Leisure Centre has a 25m pool as well as a children's pool with slide and bubble jets. A modern fully equipped gym is also available. Paradise Park, Jeepers Go Karting are both at nearby Hayle.


  1. The Tate Gallery is open all year round, details of the current exhibition can be found on Tate Gallery Website. Even if the exhibition does not appeal, its dramatic position overlooking Porthmeor Beach makes this a must visit in St Ives
  2. The Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden gives a remarkable insight into the work of this famous twentieth century resident of St Ives. Also open all year round and in the centre of St Ives, more information can be found on Tate Gallery -Barbara Hepworth Website.
  3. The St Ives Museum houses a fascinating insight into the towns 200 year history. Situated near the harbour it portrays St Ives tin making industry, fishing history and lifeboat service.


  1. You are spoilt for choice with fine dining in and around St Ives. At your holiday accommodation, you will find a wealth of local information and previous guests' experiences, or of course you can just discover yourself. Restaurant Guide - Eat Out Cornwall.
  2. The Sloop Inn is one of Cornwalls oldest dated 1312 and is found right on the harbour front, retaining its charm and character, it is listed in the Good Beer Guide. A number of other pubs have live entertainment and beers from local micro breweries and St Austell.


  1. The Dolly Pentreath is an exact replica of a 100 year old Cornish lugger used for fishing and smuggling but will now take you on boat trips to Seal Island and around St Ives Bay or private fishing trips.
  2. Paradise Park is close by on the main road out of St Ives to Hayle and is home to the World Parrot Trust as well as otters, squirrels and birds, Superb gardens and fun for children.