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And if you find St Ives' days wonderful, wait until you try St Ives' nights. Whether you choose to relax in a stylish harbour side bar, meet in a traditional pub, eat in one of the many restaurants and cafés or enjoy one of the shows that fill St Ives summer evenings, you'll be sure of a wonderful time in this uniquely characteristic town.

St. Ives is a town of outstanding beauty, with blue flag golden sandy beaches, attracting artists, shoppers, beachcombers, surfers and families alike. Experience the unique fusion of charming Cornish fishing town - (whitewashed buildings and winding, cobbled streets), with Mediterranean cosmopolitan - (al fresco dining in beach side and terraced restaurants). There is a plethora of colourful shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries, including The Tate, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the open golf courses at Tregenna Castle and Lelant.

The town is a perfect base for exploring Cornwall further afield, with all it’s charming villages, stunning coastal towns and major attractions, including - St. Michael’s Mount, Penzance, Land’s End, Mousehole, Minack Theatre, Lizard Peninsula, Tintagel Castle and The Eden Project.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

St Ives, Cornwall at grid reference SW518403

St Ives (Cornish: Porthia) is a seaside town in Cornwall, UK, north of Penzance, and west of Camborne. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing as an industry. The decline in fishing, however, has caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now primarily a holiday resort.

Modern St Ives came with the railway in 1877, the St Ives Bay branch line from St Erth. With it came the new generation of Victorian seaside holidaymakers. Much of the town was built during the latter part of the 19th century. The railway, which winds along the cliffs and bays, survived the Beeching axe and has become a tourist attraction itself.

In 1928, the artists Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood met at St Ives and laid the foundation for the artists' colony of today. In 1939, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo settled in St Ives. In 1993, a branch of the Tate Gallery, the Tate St Ives, opened here. The Tate also looks after the Barbara Hepworth Museum and her sculpture garden. It was the wish of the late sculptor to leave her work on public display in perpetuity. See also list of St. Ives artists.

St Ives is also well known from the nursery rhyme and riddle As I Was Going to St Ives, although it is not clear whether the rhyme refers to the Cornish town or one of several other St Ives around the country.