Things to see and do - Saint Ives
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Nature and gardens
GB - Saint Ives TR26
Penwith, the most westerly part of Cornwall, is a magnificent headland often pounded by the ocean waves. Its bleak beauty derives from its granite foundation, the wind and its small granite churches. There is a magnificent view of the coast from Cape..
Museums and art
Porthmeor Beach GB - Saint Ives TR26 1TG
This magnificent building (1993) enjoying a lovely view over the sandy beach of Porthmeor was designed by Eldred Evans and David Shaley. The asymmetrically shaped art gallery rises in harmonious spirals, offering a functional and light space in which..
Museums and art
Barnoon colline GB - Saint Ives TR26 1AD
House where Barbara Hepworth and her husband, the painter Ben Nicholson lived. The abstract sculptures of stone and polished wood are the fruit of a life devoted to sculpting. The workshops contain a number of blocks of stone that she had begun to wo..
st. High GB - Saint Ives TR26
This 15C church - the baptistery dates back to 1956 - is devoted to the fishermen apostles Peter and Andrew, and Saint Ia, the first missionary to come to St Ives, who gave his name to the town. You cannot miss its Zennor granite tower and steeple ne..
Archaeological and historical sites
B3311 GB - Halsetown TR20 8XA
The best-preserved prehistoric village in Cornwall, probably inhabited from 100 BC to 250 AD. It is made up of eight circular stone buildings that now lie uncovered but were originally protected by a hatch roof, in two rows, just under the crest of t..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
Smeaton Pier GB - Saint Ives TR26
The pier and its observation post with an octagonal dome were built in 1767-1770 by John Smeaton. The small Chapel of St Leonard, which is dedicated to sailors, stands on the bank.
Back Road West GB - Saint Ives TR26
On The Island, this traditional chapel is devoted to sailors and shaped like a lighthouse. It provides a wide view across the bay.