St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives

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St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives, Cornwall

St Ives is famous for its artistic heritage, its light, a picturesque harbour and its wonderful narrow streets.

St Ives has a number of fine beaches including Porthmeor, Porthgwidden and Porthminster. See Beaches for details of each beach.

If you park at St Erth or Lelant, where parking is easier, you can take the train into St Ives. The St Ives branchline is very picturesque as it follows the coast into the town, giving you breathtaking sea views.

The Island/St Ives Head is an excellent place for birdwatchers to observe Atlantic passage migrants.

St Ives is renowned for its artistic community which has been flourishing here since the early 20th century.

The Bernard Leach Pottery is an important part of the artistic heritage of St Ives. Established here in 1920, the future of the pottery was uncertain. An appeal was launched to secure its future as a working pottery which will continue to preserve and promote this important site and the work which is carried on here. Thanks to a successful appeal the Leach Pottery has been restored and refurbished. Since March 2008 the pottery, kiln shed, showroom and new exhibition space are all open.

The Leach Pottery is run by a registered charity and relies on public support. To see how you can help please visit their website Click here

Tradition states that St Ives is named after the Irish Saint Ia who is said to have arrived here on a leaf.

St Ives plays host to the ancient custom of the Hurling of the Silver Ball annually on its Feast Day in February. See our Events section for more information.

In May, St Ives holds its Literature Festival

Every year St Ives is host to a major Autumn festival St Ives September Festival.

In addition to the Summer season, St Ives has all year round appeal including during the Winter. It has become a hugely popular destination to celebrate New Year's Eve when the streets are full of people in fancy dress.

Film Trivia

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp, Ian McShane, Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush was partly filmed on location in St Ives.

General Information

St Ives has a full range of facilities including major banks, Post Office, supermarkets and a wide variety of specialist shops and galleries.

Boat hire and organised boat trips are available.

Accommodation in and around St Ives is numerous and varied from cottage rental and guest houses to luxurious hotels and holiday parks.

Visitor and Information Centre
The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives TR26 2DS

Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Tel: +44 (0) 1736 796297
Fax: +44 (0) 1736 798309


Kidz R Us theatre is a Youth Theatre company based in St.Ives Cornwall and a registered charity.

For full details of the company and their forthcoming productions please visit their website on

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Located on the north coast in West Cornwall, St Ives is easily accessible from the A30.

St Ives is well served by public transport. Rail travellers should change at St Erth for the St Ives branch line.

The bus/coach station is close to the terminus of the branch line.

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