St Ives was formerly a fishing village, but is now known as the home of many artists. It lies on the western side of St Ives Bay, and the town centre is a collection of narrow streets and passageways dropping down to the harbour and beaches.
The town offers a broad range of restaurants and cafes, and around every turn can be found artists' studios and galleries.
West Cornwall is a land of rugged cliifs, coves and wide beaches, with miles of walking along the coast path, and narrow lanes and quiet villages to explore.
The busy market town of Penzance is a short bus or train ride away from St Ives. From here there are trips to the Scilly Isles and fishing trips.
The countryside around St Ives is rich in archaeological remains, from prehistoric villages to the romantic ruins of mine engine houses perched precariously on the cliffs, and there are many gardens which thrive in the balmy mediterranean-like climate.
Around St Ives there are many attractions open to visitors, including:
- Tate St Ives, international modern and contemporary art
- Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
- St Ives September Festival, music, films, talks, poetry, exhibitions and other events.
- St Michael's Mount - island castle
- Minack Open Air Theatre
- Botallack and Levant Mines (NT)
- Chysauster and Carn Euny Iron Age Villages
- Trengwainton Gardens
- Trewidden Garden
- The Isles of Scilly
- Lanyon Quoit ancient burial chamber, and the Men-an-Tol standing stones
- Pendeen Lighthouse
- The Eden Project
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan