Facts about St Ives

It's time to round-up our introduction to St Ives this month with some fun facts about the area.

A huge thanks to The Cottage Boutique for their fantastic insight into Cornwall in Winter (and Winter still feels very much upon us in the North).


St Ives

St Ives harbour

- Rural Travel Guide

  • St Ives is home to one of the oldest inns in Cornwall. The famous Sloop Inn which sits on the Wharf overlooking the harbour dates back to circa 1312 and has welcomed fisherman through its doors since the 14th century.
  • The branch train line from St Erth to St.Ives is deemed as one of the most picturesque railway lines in England and takes in the sights of Hayle Estuary, Porthkidney Sands, Carbis Bay and St Ives.
  • St Ives is home to one of only four Tate Galleries in the UK - Tate St Ives. The others are Tate Britain & Tate Modern in London and Tate Liverpool. The artist movement in St Ives has gained world acclaim, with masterpieces created by the likes of Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis amongst others, who were all residents in the town.
  • St Ives September Festival takes place for two weeks every year and has been running since 1977. With over 200 events taking place over two weeks, relating to music, dance, fine arts, poetry, arts, crafts and theatre, there is something for everyone.
  • Of only eight Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall, three of them are in the St Ives area - (Carbis Bay, Porthmeor and Porthminster). The Blue Flag Award is an independent recognition of environmental excellence run by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Worldwide there are over 2,000 Blue Flag beaches in 36 countries.



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