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St Ives Town


St Ives Town


With its whitewashed cottages, flower-filled gardens and beautiful sandy beaches, the historic fishing town combines coastal charm with a prestigious artistic heritage.

St Ives town  that is located in Cornwall is famous for the colony of artists that settled here in 1920s, and today hosts Tate St Ives along with scores of small galleries and studious.

In the 1920 , St Ives , already known among painters for the clarity of its light, became a magnet for aspiring artists. Ben Nicholson and his then wife, Barbara Hepworth, formed the nucleus of a group of artists that made a major contribution  to the development of abstract art in Europe.

The St Ives Highlights:

  • Tate St Ives

Perched above Porthmeor Beach with sweeping views of the ocean, this major art gallery showcases works by 20th -century modern British artists linked to St Ives and nearby Newlyn and hosts changing special exhibitions. Tate St Ives opened in 1933 and was the first regional outpost of London’s Tate gallery founded by sugar Baron and champion of British art henry Tate.

  • Beaches

With one of the mildest climates in Great Britain, St Ives is a beach-lover’s paradise. A string of golden beaches stretches along St Ives Bayas far as Godrevy Lighthouse. The smallest beach, Porthgwidden, has soft golden sand and is very sheltered, making it great for children and family trips. Just a stone’s throw from then centre of St Ives, Porthmeor is popular with both surfers and swimmers.

  • St Ives Museum

Run entirely by volunteers, this quirky independent museum contains a treasure-throve of artifacts related to local history and life, from the earliest times until the town’s modern transformation into a tourist destination.

  • Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Run by the Tate, this museum presents the works of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists in the House and Garden where she lived and worked from 1949 to 1975. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are displayed outdoors and in the house, where there are also paintings and drawings.


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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing, Beach
  • Address

    Cornwall

"The town is famous for the colony of artists, small art galleries and studious"

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