St Ives, Cornwall, England

 St Ives panorama, Cornwall, England

The core of St Ives, the harbour, Harbour beach and the old town.

St Ives beaches and town pictures

Harbour Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, england

Harbour Beach. Not exactly quiet nor pretty but the sand is OK, and it’s very near a pub and varied cafés.

The harbour is a full working fishing port but also hosts a decent beach of fine sand and all the facilities of the town – including toilets – nearby. Porthmeor beach is just 60m on the other side of the houses to the left and Porthgwidden a few yards to the right.

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!

Porthmeor surf beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Porthmeor beach

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. Blue Flag Porthmeor beach has a surf rental shop and café/restaurants on the beach. Two other beaches are about 5 minutes walk away,  Porthgwidden and unattractive Harbour beach.

Porthgwidden Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, england

Porthgwidden Beach. The next beach over the hill (behind the camera) is Porthmeor and  the next in the other direction (west) is tiny Bamaluz, followed by Harbour beach.

Porthminster beach, st ives, cornwall, england

Porthminster beach, another Blue Flag water-cleanliness winner, is conveniently adjacent to the main St Ives railway station. The beach is excellent for families as it’s protected, calm and the golden sand shelves gently. It has good café facilities, a pretty cliff walk along to Carbis Bay on the South-West Coast Path, beach huts, toilets and easy access to the town centre.

St Ives Tate Gallery, cornwall, england

St Ives Tate gallery.

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.

St Ives b'n'b, Cornwall, England

One of many cute little B & Bs in St Ives town.

Within easy drive of the town 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.