Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about St. Ives:
“Even if you’ve seen St Ives many times be-fore, it’s still hard not to be dazzled as you gaze across its improbably pretty jumble of slate roofs, church towers and turquoise bays. Once a busy pilchard harbour, St Ives later became the centre of Cornwall’s arts scene in the 1920s and ‘30s, and the town is still an artistic centre, with numerous galleries and craft shops lining its winding cobbled streets, as well as the southwestern outpost of the renowned Tate Museum.
Unfortunately, change has come at a price – St Ives is packed throughout summer, and prices here are substantially higher than other parts of Cornwall. To see it at its best, avoid school holidays and July and August.
The largest town beaches are Porthmeor and Porthminster, both of which have sand and space aplenty. Between them juts the grassy promontory known as the Island, topped by the tiny pre-14th-century Chapel of St Nicholas. On the peninsula’s east side is the little cove of Porthgwidden, often a good place to escape the crowds.
Tate St. Ives
Hovering like a concrete curl above Porthmeor Beach, St Ives’ celebrated art museum has been closed for a huge renovation project, which will include the addition of an entire new wing.
Barbara Hepworth Museum
Barbara Hepworth (1903–75) was one of the leading abstract sculptors of the 20th century and a key figure in the St Ives art scene. Her studio on Barnoon Hill has remained almost untouched since her death and the adjoining garden contains several of her most notable sculptures, many of which were inspired by the elemental forces she discovered in her adopted Cornish home: rock, sea, sand, wind, sky.
While other St Ives artists broke new ground in sculpture and abstract art, the potter Bernard Leach was hard at work reinventing British ceramics in his studio in Higher Stennack. Drawing inspiration from Japanese and oriental sculpture, and using a unique hand-built ‘climbing’ kiln based on ones he had seen in Japan, Leach’s pottery created a unique fusion of Western and Eastern ideas.”
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