St Ives, Cornwall travel guide: best things to see and do, hotels, restaurants, attractions

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Art galleries 

One of the top things to do in St Ives is to visit the “amazing” galleries, said StayInCornwall.com. The best known is the “fantastic” Tate St Ives, one of four Tate galleries in the world. Opened in 1993, the gallery is home to hundreds of works. Other favourites include the Porthminster Gallery, Penwith Gallery, New Craftsman Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Beaches 

Cornwall is blessed with some of the UK’s wildest coastline and most beautiful beaches. In St Ives there are six easily-accessible beaches to choose from, “it’s fair to say this town is a sandy paradise”, said ForeverCornwall.com. Beaches include Porthminster, Porthgwidden, Harbour, Porthmeor, Lambeth Walk, and Bamaluz.

Walking and cycling 

One of the best ways to truly see the “spectacular beauty” of the Cornish coast is by walking or cycling the South West Coast Path, said StayinCornwall.co.uk. Walk east around St Ives Bay and you’ll reach Godrevy Head. Travel west then you can enjoy a “more rugged, atmospheric” coastal walk. Easy walks on the South West Coast Path include the St Ives Town Trail (1.9 miles) and Carbis Bay to St Ives (1.2 miles).

Go foraging for food 

Wild St Ives offers foraging walks along the Cornish coast, said Lucy Cornes on CornwallLive.com. “Learn about the array of edible food growing, how to forage responsibly, and what to do with your wild harvest.”

Surfing and water sports 

St Ives is regarded as one of Cornwall’s top surf spots. The best place to learn is at St Ives Surf School, located at Porthmeor Beach. The school provides bespoke surf lessons and coaching, paddleboarding tuition, sea kayaking tours and coasteering adventures.

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