St Ives is a strikingly picturesque town with three glorious beaches. Its rocky headlands and bustling harbour have made it a cornerstone of the Cornish tourist revival. With its exclusive boutiques and restaurants, St Ives is the archetypal fashionable seaside resort, visited by royalty, government officials and celebrities. But despite its sophistication, St Ives still manages to retain its old-world charm with innumerable antique and craft shops found amongst the enchanting maze of streets and winding alleyways.
Plus, the town has a thriving artistic community demonstrated by its numerous exhibitions and its own Tate Gallery overlooking the Porthmeor beach. In short, St Ives is the perfect mixture of intriguing and refined culture set amidst a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty. The region surrounding St Ives is diverse.
Inland, visitors will find a ‘living museum’, with ancient sites and monuments dating from pre-historic times and set within a wild, unspoilt landscape. Further down the coast, there are numerous tiny fishing towns and villages following age old fishing routine, tradition and trade.
At the tip of Cornwall, Land’s End boasts an unparalleled mix of outstanding scenery, intriguing legend and mystique, whilst just 28 miles off the mainland lies the stunning archaepelago of the Scilly Isles; every single one of this group of Islands is a Designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and its entire coastline is Heritage Coast.
We use the Cottage Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel, which is situated in Carbis Bay, a five minute train journey from St Ives.
St Ives is a myriad of steep, winding cobbled streets lined with fishermans’ cottages and an array of quaint cottages. It is also a magnet for artists, who flock here to catch the town’s unique light and there are several galleries dotted around town.
Beaches and Gardens
The town’s beaches are extensive, safe and clean, with Porthmeor beach providing the surf and excitement whilst the quieter beaches at Porthminster and Carbis Bay provide more sheltered and relaxed bathing. The Trewyn Gardens, found just outside the heart of the town, offer welcome respite from the bustling pedestrianised streets and regularly win Britain in Bloom awards for their incredible floral displays.