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St Ives

St Ives Penzance West Cornwall
St Ives is one of Cornwall's larger seaside towns, situated 8 miles north of Penzance in West Cornwall, it's not hard to see why St Ives is such a popular and award winning tourist destination. With its quaint cobbled winding streets lined with whitewashed fisherman cottages, its vibrant town centre full of restaurants, galleries, boutique and craft shops situated next to the historic harbour with a backdrop of the awe inspiring aqua blue Atlantic Ocean all around.

St Ives is situated on a peninsula which juts out into St Ives Bay with far reaching views across to Godrevy Lighthouse, Gwithian Towans, Lelant and Carbis Bay beach. There is a choice of stunning sandy beaches in the town itself, including St Ives Harbour beach, Porthminster, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Bamalaz beach, so you can always find a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the spectacular and iconic views.

Traditionally a fisherman's town, the fishing boats still operate out of the harbour meaning there's always delicious locally caught crab and fish available in the pubs, restaurants and delicatessens. Nowadays, St Ives is a large resort town which is thriving throughout the summer months. There are plenty of attractions to visit in the area including the Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepward Museum and Paradise Park, which is in nearby Hayle and a great fun for the family.

St Ives has long drawn artists to the area owing to the atmosphere of the town, the subtropical climate and amazing light quality which is perfect for landscape painting with plenty of inspiration everywhere you look. There are fishing and sea safari trips running from the harbour allowing you to explore the coast line and see the town from the perspective of the water, if you're lucky you may spot some local marine life as it is common for seals and dolphins to be seen playing in the sheltered bay.  

One way to get into St Ives is to use the park and ride at St Erth or Lelant Saltings, both a few miles away and then catch the train that drops you right into the town centre. The train runs alongside the coast line in both directions allowing you to fully embrace the beautiful views as you access the town.

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