By The Beach, Porthmeor, St. Ives

Things to do and places to visit in St Ives

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience, offering a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists.

St. Ives is a small picturesque fishing town of great character and charm, situated on the Cornish Riviera with the sea on three sides. It is famous for it's clear blue waters, white sands and sub tropical temperatures all year round. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way through the old quarter known locally as 'Downalong', and galleries, restaurants and small shops are in abundance.

Tate Gallery

Barbara Hepworth Museum  and Sculpture Garden

Five glorious white sandy beaches to walk to .....

New Years Eve in St. Ives

PORTHMEOR being the closest immediately behind the apartment. This is a large beach famous for surfing and the Tate gallery, but is equally popular with families. In high season there are lifeguards and a surf school. Surf boards can be hired locally.                                                 seconds walk



PORTHGWIDDEN beach is much smaller and very popular with young families.  Customers enjoy spectacular views whilst dining all year round at the award winning licenced Porthgwidden Beach Cafe.                                                                                                                  3 mins walk



HARBOUR beach can be sheltered from the wind and has all the charm of a fishing port along with the excitement of motor launches, sea fishing trips and small pleasure cruises.  Not to mention the famous 17th century Sloop Inn and other attractions on the harbour front.                 5 mins walk



PORTHMINSTER beach is another wonderful beach across from the harbour which is suitable for families. The renowned Porthminster Cafe Restaurant situated on the beach often comes highly recommended and there is a small pitch and putting green.                                       15 mins walk



CARBIS BAY is ideal for young children and can be reached by taking the coastal footpath from Porthminster beach. This is a very pleasant walk with some steep inclines. Or you can travel one stop on the local train which follows the coastline.         Approx  45 mins walk or 5 mins on the train


St. Ives September festival

This is a two week festival of Music and the Arts with a wide variety of events including music, theatre, films, poetry and literature, with artists studios open throughout the town.

Coastal walk from Porthmeor to the Tinners Arms at Zennor

The breath-taking  scenery as you walk the coastal footpath towards the tiny hamlet of Zennor is second to none. The Tinners Arms with its pleasant garden overlooking the headland is a welcome  break at the end of your walk.  For those less energetic there is an occasional bus service that runs at certain times ( Traveline on 0870 608 2608 )                                          Approx 6 miles one way


St. Ives is famous for its New Year's Eve celebrations. There are parties on the beaches, fireworks and fancy dress is a must!