St Ives won various UK seaside town of the year awards. But…
• Parking is an absolute nightmare and practically impossible for strangers to find, other than the large park on the top of the hill by the leisure centre, which means a steep walk down into town. If staying in town and travelling by car you might try to get a place with parking, which will probably cost extra.
• beware accommodation on St Ives Rd or Carbis Bay. This may be quite a way out of the centre, meaning a bus ride or 30 minute walk to get into town, so confirm the exact location if you wish to stay in the town centre.
• Entertainment facilities other than eating, drinking and beach-going are very limited, so if the weather turns nasty options will run out speedily.
• Seagulls have become big, fat and aggressive on stolen food and the local council cannot deal with them. Basically tourists cannot even walk down the street with an ice cream without a sea stuka diving in for a bite. The same goes for fish’n’chips, burgers. . . eat undercover or challenge the flying masters of St Ives!
Visitor parking is up on the hill over the beach and quite a steep walk down, while the Tate gallery squats just above the beach in the centre. The Blue Flag beach has a surf rental shop and café/restaurants on the beach. Two other beaches are about 5 minutes walk away, back left of this picture – Porthgwidden and Harbour beach.
The St Ives Tate gallery is an exciting concept for a little seaside resort town but proved to be an underwhelming experience for the bugcrew. The building is spectacular and views massive but the summer show was fairly juvenile. The sculptures, however, are impressive.
One of many cute little B & Bs in St Ives town.
Within easy drive of St Ives is the quite interesting Penzance with a lot of ancient sea-faring connections, the staggeringly gorgeous Porthcurno beach, hideously commercial Land’s End, great surfing and mad teen drinking at Newquay, and big beach/pretty little town of Marazion beside truly fascinating St Michael’s Mount.