Historic seaside town on the north coast of west Cornwall. St Ives is very popular with tourists and can be crowded in summer, but is still a beautiful and charming town. The town is on a peninsula jutting out into the ocean with good beaches in several spots. The main area is flat but the town also spreads up the hillside. The center of town is narrow lanes lined with pretty stone cottages. St Ives is a good place to stay to see west Cornwall.
Location: England - Cornwall - St.Buryan
Category: Towns & Villages
If you are not staying in St Ives and are visiting in the summer, park in one of the parking lots above the town and walk, or take a bus, to the center.
Trains from London go to St Ives and it is possible to stay here and explore the area using local buses.
If you stay in nearby Carbis Bay, you can walk on the coast path to St Ives or take the train.
Website: St Ives
Day trip contributed by Pauline Kenny
There are several good swimming beaches in this area. Portmeor Beach and Porthminster Beach in St Ives, Carbis Bay east of St Ives.
St Ives is a center for the arts. Visit the Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. There are many art galleries in the town.
We walked from Zennor to St Ives and returned to Zennor on the South West Coast Path. This is a beautiful stretch but parts are difficult walking in rocky areas.