Tucked away on the rugged, majestic Cornwall coastline, St Ives combines the charm of a seaside town with something a little more refined, perhaps even undefinable. Maybe it’s the dramatic local scenery, or perhaps there’s just something a little bit magical about this ancient corner of Cornwall. 

Where to go
Stroll the golden sands of St Ives Bay and discover the legacy of sculptor Barbara Hepworth at her studio, now a museum. Shop in the little boutiques, admire the modern art at Tate St Ives, take a day trip to the dramatic ruins of Tintagel or lie on the beach with a good book. 

Food & Drink
ff you’re going to stay in Cornwall, you’re going to be met with amazing seafood. The Alba (Wharf Road), located in the old lifeboat hut does sophisticated a la carte fish, crustacean and other catch of the day.  Otherwise, The Gurnard’s Head (Nr Zennor), just a little way outside of town is a local institution, a gastropub serving the best of local produce with lashings of atmosphere. 

Nightlife
Although a relatively tiny town, St Ives has some good nightlife options. The Pedn-olva Hotel (West Porthminster Beach) has a bar with two levels, one casual, the other a little more formal. For something a little more traditional, try Sloop (The Wharf) for the harbourside ambience, a great selection of beers and friendly locals. 

Where to stay
Our pick for St Ives is Headland House Hotel, a cosy, boutique bed and breakfast overlooking Carbis Bay. Headland House features a range of rooms, each with stylish decor influenced by the colours of the sea and the nautical heritage of the area. Additionally, our Beachspoke properties Little Cottage and Beachspoke are quite close to town. Little Cottage is the perfect option for families looking for a luxury self-catering villa right on the beach, while Beachspoke is a hip and stylish boutique hotel close to four great beaches. 

How to get there
St Ives is within three hours drive of London. Trains depart London for St Ives daily from Paddington. 

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