St. Ives

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Places to stay in St. Ives

Like most towns and villages along the Cornish coast, the industry in St Ives was once based on fishing, but is now mainly about attracting tourists as a holiday resort. However, this is something that St Ives does rather well, having been named Best UK Seaside Town at the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011.

The picturesque harbour is still used by the fishing boats, but has also become an inspiration for many artists, while even the railway which winds along the cliffs towards the town has become a tourist attraction.

Hostels in St. Ives
Hostels in St. Ives

YHA has a whole host of great-value hostels in Cornwall, so if you want picturesque coastal accommodation or rural lodgings which provide easy access to beautiful resort towns such as St Ives, we have plenty of options.


Five Free Things To Do In St. Ives

Enjoy the beach
Gwithian Beach, Porthminster Beach, Porthmeor Bay, the range of options for great beaches in and around St Ives is huge. Beautiful bays, soft sands and clean water make this part of Britain ideal for those on a beach holiday.

Carbis Bay
If you want beach with a little something extra, try Carabis Bay, where all sorts of other activities such as climbing and tennis are available.

Coastal Walk
The cliffs of the North Cornish coast provide a stunning backdrop to St Ives, and following the coastal path is a great way to get the best views of the town.

The Wills Lane Gallery showcases the best that local artists have to offer, while the New Millennium Gallery features contemporary and sculpture for modern art enthusiasts.

Barbara Hepworth
St Ives is home to the museum and sculpture garden dedicated to the renowned sculptor Barbara Hepworth, housing many of her popular works and information about her life in a tranquil and relaxing setting.

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