Tate St Ives, St Ives
When the Tate Gallery opened in 1897, its Collection consisted of the 65 works gifted by Henry Tate to the Nation. Tate's Collection now consists of over 65,000 works of art encompassing the national collection of historic British art from 1500, and the national collection of international modern art. Every work in the Collection has its own information page and the majority are illustrated.
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Tate St Ives is located in the town of St Ives, Cornwall. Allow at least 15-20 minutes from the A30.
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Porthmeor Beach St Ives
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There is ramp and lift access suitable for wheelchair users to all floors at Tate St Ives. There is a specially adapted toilet for disabled visitors.
BSL communicators for the deaf are available on request.
Other facilities include café, shop, baby changing facilities and parent and baby room.
Adults: £5.75, concs: £3.25
About St Ives
With its maze of cobbled streets and sweeping beaches, the vibrant coastal town of St. Ives well deserves the year-round attention that has made it a firm favourite for tourists and locals alike. Steeped in a rich history of fishing that is still evident in the boats bobbing around the harbour walls, the town is now characterised by the creative industries deserving of the Tate’s western outpost. Be it the gastronomic delights of the abundant restaurants, the pounding surf of Porthmeor beach, or the exploration of the town’s rich artistic heritage, St. Ives has something for everyone.
Tucked halfway along St. Ives Bay, Hayle’s industrial history has made way for tourism and is enjoying something of a renaissance. Flanked by three miles of golden sands and rolling dunes – Carbis Bay to the west and Gwithian to the east – it’s no wonder this part of the county is so magnetic.
If you’re in town in September, it’ll be hard to miss the St. Ives Festival (www.stivesfringefestival.co.uk ), which serves an alluring mix of music, arts, theatre and film. Similarly, New Year’s Eve has become something of a local institution, where revellers come from miles around, going all out with fancy dress of all shapes and sizes. If wandering the often packed narrow streets becomes a bit much, braving the waves at Porthmeor beach is an ideal way to escape. Try the St. Ives Surf School www.britsurf.org where they’ll kit you out and give expert tuition. Heading west of the town, the road out towards St. Just is another example of how wonderfully diverse Cornwall can be. Hugging the rugged, heathery coastline, it’s one of the most stunning drives in the country. Take one of Sunset Coaches’ open-top buses that run along this beautiful route – voted one of the top 25 cheapest thrills on the planet by The Guardian.
Across the Bay, punctuated at its western tip by Godrevy Lighthouse (which inspired Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’), the beach at Godrevy and Gwithian deserves exploration. Leave the car in the National Trust car park at the lighthouse end and head to its highest point, where it’s rare that there aren’t seals frolicking in the ocean below. Not for those who are scared of heights, though. For something a little more leisurely, take the train from St Ives to Hayle; hugging the coast, it has to be one of the top five scenic train rides in the UK.
Culinary competition in St. Ives is fierce, with, of course, a heavy focus on the sea. There’s almost too much to choose from. For a lengthy afternoon lunch, it’s difficult to beat the decking outside Porthminster Beach Café www.porthminstercafe.co.uk, which serves expertly prepared seafood and simple salads. Make sure you order a bottle of white wine – it comes in a quirky plastic sandcastle bucket brimming with ice. Heading into town, the Seafood Café www.seafoodcafe.co.uk is another favourite, where all the fresh seafood is laid out on the counter before you. Choose your fish, choose your sauce, then sit back and enjoy the café’s contemporary design (it’s all stripped wood and stainless steel) while you wait. If linen’s your thing, head to Alba www.sugarvine.com/DevonandCornwall/minisite/restaurant.asp?restaurant=10588 . Housed on the first floor of the old lifeboat station right on the waterfront, it’s the AA Seafood Restaurant of the Year, and with good reason. Great if you fancy pushing the boat out a little. A little further along the seafront, On Shore www.onshorestives.co.uk is a great stop for excellent pizza and pasta that’s kind on the wallet. For an afternoon snack, head to Tides Café. Just off the main drag, it’s all terracotta, comfy chairs and open kitchen. Alternatively, grab a pasty and swing your legs off the harbour wall.
While Hayle may not exactly be a culinary mecca, Philp’s pasty shop on the town’s main drag is a local institution, and rightly so. With the perfect balance of pastry and filling, a trip to Hayle would not be complete without a visit here, though finishing a ‘large steak’ is a feat in itself. Out at Godrevy, the Godrevy Beach Café www.thefoodplace.co.uk/restaurants/34260/Godrevy+Cafe+in+Hayle/ serves up delicious lunches and cracking homemade cakes, though arrive early to secure a place on the deck upstairs. They’ve just started serving evening meals, too.
Local institution The Sloop Inn www.sloop-inn.co.uk ticks the old pub, low-ceiling, slate flags, real ale box. Join the fisherman inside for a pint, or if you’re lucky enough to find a table on the cobbles, keep hold of it – they’re much in demand for watching the world go by. If it’s sundown cocktails you’re after, upstairs at the Hub is a must. The low lighting, superb cocktails and weekend DJs make it a sturdy destination for the party set. With the manager harbouring a good few years as a wine merchant, you’ll find some belting bottles on the list here, too. If you fancy continuing into the wee hours, the Isobar (www.theisobar.co.uk ) is lounge bar downstairs and all club upstairs, open till 2am and complete with dancefloor and spotlit poles should you fancy shaking your stuff.
Come sundown, Godrevy Café warrants another mention; it’s hard to beat on location alone. For a good pint of ale, the Bucket of Blood www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pub.cgi?results:Cornwall_&_Scilly_Isles:1464 on the road out to Hayle rivermouth is a good old-fashioned pub, though the legend that a punter once lost his head here might keep you from being too rowdy. Alternatively, there’s much to be said for packing a coolbox and heading to the dunes for sunset.
Its creative twang means the town is packed with galleries and craft shops eager to please. A wander round the cobbles and nooks reveals many worthy contenders. Check out Use www.usethis.co.uk on Fore Street for design-led furnishings, funky lighting and sparkling pieces to spice up your home. Just down the road is another branch of Wildlife www.wildlifeonline.com , which specialises in linens, brushed cottons and fantastic footwear. For a pair of unique shoes, head to Jan Jansen www.janjansen-stives.co.uk , offering up some excellent and quirky designs. Pop into the Halzephron Herb Farm Shop (www.halzherb.com/catalog/index.php) for incredible toasted seeds and moreish chutneys, all made on The Lizard.
With its lofty gradients, wandering the town’s streets and beaches is a great way to spend an afternoon, though you may want to sharpen your elbows in the height of summer. Heading west opens up the incredible scenery of north Penwith, where picking up a section of the coastal path will guarantee stunning views. Take in Gurnard’s Head, just west of Zennor, a rugged outcrop lashed by the crystal waters of the Atlantic.
Out of town and back towards Hayle, a stroll down the river’s banks to Relubbus is well worth it, whilst an afternoon beachcombing, rockpooling and dune hopping along the miles of golden sand should not be passed up.
Area information written by Helen Gilchrist, Editor, Stranger Magazine
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