There is a huge art culture in St Ives, with dozens of art galleries and artist studios lining the cobbled streets where you can view local artists at work. The iconic Tate Gallery is located on the site of the former gas works, and features international modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The Barbara Hepworth Museum showcases some inspiring sculptures as well as paintings and drawings. If you would prefer to get more hands-on, book an art course with the St Ives School of Painting or try one of their drop-in life drawing sessions.
With a range of quirky, independent shops throughout the town, St Ives is a great place to shop, offering everything from local art galleries to traditional Cornish produce outlets and surf shops. Read more on our blog about Shopping in St Ives.
Boat trips run regularly from the harbour throughout summer where you can enjoy the views from a different angle. If you're lucky you may even see one of the 'resident' seals or view the dolphins at play. We work in partnership with St Ives Boat Rides, who offer trips to Seal Island, rib rides, self-drive motor boats and kayak and paddle board hire. Show your Aspects Holidays key ring when booking to receive a 10% discount! View all their services here: www.stivesboatrides.co.uk>
Surfing & Watersports
Learn to surf at the St Ives Surf School based at Porthmeor beach or why not try your hand at stand up paddleboarding or kayaking at Porthminster beach. Lessons are available for all skill levels. Read about surfing in St Ives on our blog.
Self catering in St Ives is the only way to go. With so many restaurants, pubs and cafes throughout the town, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to go. From the freshest Fish and Chips, to gourmet burgers, you'll struggle to find something you don't fancy. View our blog posts on Pubs in St Ives, Restaurants in St Ives and Affordable places to eat in St Ives. St Ives' popular 'Harbour Fish and Chips' also features in our blog post on The best fish and chips shops in West Cornwall.