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Introduction to St Ives, West Cornwall

Visit St Ives to enjoy the atmosphere of a wonderful seaside resort.

St Ives Harbour with RNLI Lifeboat

St Ives has a vibrant community and is popular as a tourist destination for a host of reasons, including beautiful golden beaches and the world-renowned arts scene.

The town has a Mediterranean allure, yet retains its distinctive Cornish character especially at its harbourside.  Tangles of cobbled lanes with intriguing names of Mount Zion, Teetotal Street and Salubrious Place, weave past honey-granite cottages, galleries, pubs and restaurants.  In the 19th Century artists came for the clear, accurate light and luminous colour and the Tate St Ives reflects the town's international status in the world of art.

Today, as for centuries before, life centres around the harbour where fishing boats still moor alongside granite piers, their catch being sent around the world and earning an enviable reputation for its quality and variety in some of the finest restaurants.

From St Ives you can take the opportunity for a leisurely walk along some of the coastal footpath, perhaps to Carbis Bay and Lelant and soak up the sounds and images of the bay.  You can return to St Ives by branch line train along what has been described as one of the most spectacular railway journeys in Britain where the track hugs the edge of the cliff in a spectacular feat of Victorian engineering.  Enjoy the view across to Godrevy Lighthouse, immortalised by the novelist Virginia Woolf, or take a short boat trip to watch seals basking on the rocks in the sunshine.

As night falls at the end of another perfect day, St Ives comes alive - with pubs, restaurants and cafes to suit every pocket and every taste in a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

And finally, as the disappearing sun paints the sea and sky in glorious pink it is time to plan what to do tomorrow.  One thing though is for certain, whether it is time to relax or inspire, or for the mystery and romance, St Ives has nothing but the finest holiday ingredients.

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