The white sands and clear blue seas make the beaches of St. Ives some of the most beautiful in the country. You could be forgiven for believing you are in the Caribbean.
Porthmeor – best for surfing and body boarding
Porthgwidden – best for families with young children
Bamaluz – best for dogs, who are permitted all year round
Harbour – best for closeness to shops and cafes
Porthminster – best for calm water and families
Walking along the South West coastal path is a fantastic way to see and experience more of the coastal scenery around St. Ives. Below are two of our favourite walks.
Moderate walk – St. Ives to Lelant Saltings (5.0 miles) start from Porthminster beach, follow the coastal path through Carbis Bay and Lelant, and enjoy the train journey back.
Difficult walk – St. Ives to Zennor (6.5 miles). Start from Clodgy Point, finish with a drink in the Tinners Arms, and then bus back. Look out for seals and dolphins!
The famous Tate Gallery has a spectacular array of British modern art, as well as an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. Stay for a spot of lunch in the café with stunning views over Porthmeor beach. Only a few minutes walk away from Tregony Guest House, this is a must-see for art lovers.
Barbara Hepworth and Sculpture Garden
The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden celebrates the work of this important artist. Paintings, drawings and sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are displayed around the museum and garden, which can be found a few minutes walk away from Tregony Guest House.
The Leach Pottery Studio and Museum celebrates the work of Bernard Leach, and is one of the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Visit their website to view their unique exhibitions or to book yourself onto their beginner/intermediate throwing courses.
School of Painting
The award winning studios of the St. Ives School of Painting, overlooking Porthmeor beach and the ocean, offer weekly life drawing classes, and a variety of popular art courses taught by inspirational artists. Additionally, it regularly holds various art events, exhibitions and lectures.