Often referred to as "The Jewel in Cornwall's Crown" St Ives truly is a dazzling gem!
This gem has the perfect setting, and is arguably the most picturesque town in Cornwall.
St Ives is a creative haven - a place where artists feel they belong. They started moving here in the 1920s, and they brought
with them a sophistication and an open-mindedness that makes St Ives the most gay-friendly town in Cornwall.
This in turn has attracted many gay residents to St Ives, and these days there are several gay-owned hotels, guest-houses,
restaurants, shops, galleries etc. St Ives is easily reached by train - and is best visited out of season (much less crowded)
Warning: Don't try to drive into the centre of St Ives - unless you are staying somewhere with a guaranteed parking space.
The streets here are very narrow and not designed for the motor car!
A far better option is to use the park and ride service from a nearby station (St Erth or Carbis Bay).
Sit on the right-hand side of the train and enjoy one of Britain's most scenic short railway journeys!
Best St Ives scenery.
The town itself is lovely - especially the harbour and the area around The Headland.
The train ride from St Erth is well worth the price of the ticket - sit on the right of the train for the best coast views.
Probably the best views of St Ives are from the ocean - there are lots of boat trips available from the harbour.
The coast path west of St Ives - towards St Just, is utterly stunning, but the walking is extremely tough.
Best Things To Do in St Ives.
St Ives is great for just wandering around, enjoying the views, the galleries, the shops, etc.
Visit The Tate Gallery and/or several other excellent galleries here.
Enjoy the beaches - St Ives has a choice of beaches, all within a few hundred yards of the harbour.
|Gay Friendly Guide to St Ives Cornwall UK