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St Ives Visitor Guide

St Ives is one of the south-west's best loved places. Sandy beaches, an idyllic harbour, fisherman's cottages, cobbled streets, many galleries and seafood eateries a plenty.

Enjoy spending time on one of the four sandy beaches close to the town. Swim or surf in the Atlantic Ocean or just enjoy the fresh sea air! Take a boat from the harbour to Seal Island and look out for other wildlife along the way.

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Back on dry land, take a wander round the harbour for some shopping or to visit one of the town's excellent cafes and restaurants. Discover the Down-a-long in the old part of the town with its cobbled streets and cottages, now home to galleries and individual shops.

Tate St Ives is a top attraction, as is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden.

Venture out of town with the St Ives branch railway for a 20 minute scenic journey to St Erth and enjoy the sweeping views of St Ives Bay enroute. Maybe cross the county to visit Penzance, 8 miles distant, and the nearby fishing ports of Newlyn and Mousehole.

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