A beautiful working harbour, surrounded by sandy beaches and home to the famous Tate Art Gallery. This area has a strong artistic heritage, with St Ives attracting many sculptors and ceramists. Located on Porthmeor Beach the Tate has a visitor centre and a mix of performance art and media. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture garden is also worth a visit. The pretty cobbled streets are packed with independent shops and cafes, and the town museum has interesting historical collections.
The bay railway line is a scenic route; the station is just a short walk from the town centre and is ideal for visiting the nearby villages of St Erth, Carbis Bay and Lelant. The Harbour Beach is perfect for families and safe bathing, on the other side of the headland is Porthmeor Beach which is popular for surfing. From the harbour you can book a pleasure boat or a fishing trip, you can also ride out to Seal Island near Zennor which has a colony of Grey Seals.
This town is ideal to use a base for exploring the west coast of Cornwall; highlights of the area include the Minack Theatre, Penzance, Mousehole, St Michaels Mount and Lands End. In nearby Hayle is Paradise Park which is a great family day out, with hundreds of exotic animals and birds. There are scheduled daily events to take part in, feeding talks and flying displays. Flambards amusement park also had a great variety of rides and soft play areas. Indoors is an impressive recreated Victorian village and a Blitz street.