St. Ives is one of the key draws for visitors not just to West Cornwall, but to the county as a whole, and this magnetism is well deserved. The incredible colour of the sea, azure in quality, and the fabulous clean light, has been a draw for artists and visitors alike for over a century, and with plenty here for the tourist to experience, St. Ives makes for a great destination and base.
With beautiful beaches, narrow lanes filled with shops, galleries, and great places to eat, and highlights such as Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, St. Ives really is a place to be added to your bucket list. Understandably busy during the high season, visitors shouldn’t be deterred from either staying overnight or coming here for a day trip. Just the great eateries alone should encourage you to come back again and again, and with two town beaches and plenty more nearby, the spectacular coastal road that runs around to Land’s End, and no end of fascinating tin mining remains nearby, St. Ives justifies the good things that you may have heard about it.