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St. IvesFast Facts
- Location: In West Cornwall on Celtic Sea coast
- Attraction Type: Coastal town
- Significance: An equally invigorating destination for scholars, nature lovers, and artists
- Best time to visit: May to September
- How to reach: By train via Penzance to Paddington route; OR by bus from London and other major English towns
- Nearest Airport: Plymouth and Newquay Airports
The arrival of Saint la of Cornwall to this area in 5th century AD was purportedly responsible for founding this coastal village. In its initial years St. Ives thrived as an important fishing village boasting of a St. Ives parish. In the middle of the 16th century when the Prayer Book Rebellion had taken place, John Payne the port reeve was invited by the English Provost Marshal and ultimately hanged.
Modern St. Ives that you see today had its beginnings in the 1870s after the construction of Great Western Railway. After the railway was in place, which in itself is a tourist attraction along bays and through cliffs, hordes of holiday makers started coming to St. Ives.
With its stunning beaches and sea water of hues emerald green to turquoise blue, St. Ives is a paradise for beach activists. Porthmeor Beach is a paradise for wave and wind surfers, while Porthminster and Porthgwidden beaches are ideal hideouts for your family and kids. The Paradise Park with its collection of more than 400 varieties of birds comprising eagles, penguins, and parrots is an exciting attraction. Marazion is another beachfront marshy area ideal for bird watching. You together with your kids and family members could spend some thrilling hours at the Land’s End Theme Park. Kids R Us, a local theater house, organizes regular theatrical performances much to the delight of tourists, and connoisseurs.
Lovers of history and the arts would feel rejoiced at the sight of the famous St. Ia’s Church constricted in early 17th century. The Knill Monument built in 18th century is another distinguishing monument to visit. St. Ives Museum provides in-depth knowledge about the town’s past. At the Tate Gallery you would not only have superlative views of the town’s beaches, but also get to see remarkable world class paintings. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Cultural Garden is renowned for its collection of subtropical plants and contemporary artwork.
While on a vacation in St. Ives you could choose to stay in Pedn-Olva Hotel, Grey Mullet, Sea View Palace, and Anchorage. Backpackers can put up in International Backpackers Hostel, and Ayr Holiday Park.
For your gastronomic needs you could visit the fine restaurants, bars and pub in Gabriel Street, Fore Street, Wharf Street, and High Street. These restaurants serve delicious fish items, sea food, and traditional recipes.