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St Ives & Surrounds

St Ives is the perfect base from which to explore Cornwall and everything you might want to see in the area is never very far away… that’s if you ever want to leave St Ives itself. We have books and insider secrets galore, and we’ll be more than happy to talk your ear off about all the things to do and places to go once you arrive, until then, in the words of Julie Andrews, here are a few of our favourite things… (and click here for details on walking along the Coast)

The Tate Gallery, St Ives

A spectacular building overlooking Porthmeor Beach the Tate Gallery has a vibrant programme of exhibitions, and permanent collections featuring the work of the St Ives modernists. Even if you’re not an art lover this is a must see. Click here to visit the Tate St Ives website.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

The ‘Queen of St Ives’, Barbara Hepworth moved here in 1939 and died here in 1975, having made St Ives her adopted home. Visiting the Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience – seeing the work of one of the world’s greatest modern artists in its natural habitat. Click here to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum website.

Minack Theatre

Not to be missed, this rocky, granite, open-air theatre juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Opening in 1932 this amazing ampitheatre must be seen to be believed. Enjoy a daytime visit, or book tickets to a performance where you can enjoy anything from the Proms to Panto under the stars with your picnic or Cornish Pasty. Don’t forget your blankets, once the sun goes down it can get rather chilly. Click here to visit the Minack Theatre website, or give us a call and we can book tickets for you.

The Eden Project

Horticultural tourism at its best, the Eden Project enables you to visit different parts of the world from St Austell. Originally a disused clay mine the Eden Project is an eco-Disneyland and fun for adults and children alike. Click here to visit the Eden Project website and book in advance or travel by train to save money on the entrance fee.

Mermaid Coastal Cruises and Pleasure Trips

Grab yourself a few hours to go on a coastal cruises around Penzance. Skipper, Adrian Thomas, will introduce you to crabs, seals, lobsters and give you the low down on what goes on at St Michael’s Mount. Offering a range of cruises from wildlife adventures to fishing trips you really won’t regret an afternoon or morning on the boat (take a jacket). Click here to visit the Mermaid Pleasure Trips website.

St Michael’s Mount

An amazing sight to behold, St Michael’s Mount is a castle on an island hill in Marazion. It arises from the sea like something out of a fairy tale and whether you cross by the causeway on foot (check tide times for accessibility) or go across on the boat, getting there is an adventure in itself. Once on the island you can explore this magnificent National Trust maintained house and gardens. It really is something special and just a 20 minute drive (or 45 minute bus ride) from Little Leaf. Click here for the St Michael’s Mount website.

Mutton Cove (Seal Cove)

Just a short walk from Godrevy Lighthouse there is a hidden place called Mutton Cove. Unaccessible by foot you can lean over and watch the colonies of seals that live here for hours. Drive past the turning for Gwythian Beach and follow the National Trust signs to Godrevy Lighthouse. If you’re National Trust members the car parking is free, if not you can pay £4.50 or park next door in the Sandsifter Cafe for £2 (free if you stop for a coffee). As an aside do check tide times before setting off. You can see far more seals when the tide is out.

As an aside, we have been a bit silly with our recently acquired video camera and if you’re interested you can get a little (very little) taster of some of the things on offer around St Ives. Click here to go to our YouTube Channel.