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St Ives

TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City
With enriching historical sites and a precious array of galleries set in the backdrop of golden sand beaches, St Ives is a jewel in Cornwall’s crown. The art centre of West Cornwall, this quaint town attracted many artists from 19th century and after. Thus, it boasts of a remarkable bunch of galleries. One of them is Tate St Ives, which, apart from its permanent collection, offers various changing exhibitions as well. Then there’s the Leach Pottery established by Bernard Leach in 1920. For those seeking adventure, the beach offers a range of activities such as swimming, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, and more. Treading on its cobbled streets, you can explore interesting shops, bars, restaurants and pubs. The place is also abuzz with various festivals and events such as Feast Day in February, St Ives September Festival, its theatre productions, and more. Revel in the warm sun and splash of the waves mixed with art and culture at St Ives.
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City St. Ives Bay

St. Ives Bay

It is a bay situated on the north western coast of Cornwall and is in the form of a crescent. It stretches from the St Ives headland all the way to Godrevy Light House, which is a distance of 6 km. Feel the grains of sand crunch below your feet as you walk along the three mile long beach, which is considered to be one of the finest in Cornwall, as well as the undulating sand dunes. You may fancy trying your hand at a bit of surfing, which is independently carried out by the resident surf school there.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Paradise Park

Paradise Park

Visit this lovely wildlife sanctuary with your family and discover the wide range of activities on offer for everyone. Meet the colourful 650 birds and over 140 species such as the beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans, owls, kookaburras, and cranes. This isn’t all; you can also come face-to-face with pygmy goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, and miniature-sized donkeys. In summer, experience the ‘Flight of Rainbows’ attraction where you can feed the 40 plus lorikeets from small pots of nectar. JungleBarn, the indoor play centre with its slides and play area, is sure to keep the little ones enthralled all day long.

Image Courtesy: Spencer Wright via Flickr
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Art Space Gallery

Art Space Gallery

The Art Space Gallery started with humble beginnings in the year 2000 from a small unit off the Promenade, gradually shifting to its current location at The Wharf in 2003. The paintings on display are rotated and changed every four weeks, which ensures that all the seven artists’ get their fair chance at recognition. The display includes original pieces in oils, watercolours, pastels, acrylics, and more. The gallery has also earned a fine reputation on account of its superior quality paintings, 3D work and prints, which are sold both nationally and internationally. Art lovers, this is a must for you.

Image Courtesy: artspacegallerystives.blogspot
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons

If you’re in St Ives or anywhere in the county of Cornwall and don’t know the art of surfing, you might want to try your hand at it and sharpen your skills while you’re at it. You can choose from over 60 surfing schools that offer lessons for beginners, improvers and advanced surfers alike. A majority of them are run by professional and former competitive surfers with a deep passion for surfing who wish to share their expert knowledge and experience with others. Enjoy the cool waters and surf to your heart’s content.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City St. Ives School of Painting

St. Ives School of Painting

The school was set up in 1938 by two young officers who went by the names of Borlase Smart and Leonard Fuller. St Ives being one of the most spectacular locations in the world has been attracting artists by the droves and since then regular classes are run in order to hone their inherent skills to a world-class level. Take a short course in painting and bring out the artist in you.

Image Courtesy: Samuel Peploe via artdaily.org
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Jo Downs Glass Gallery

Jo Downs Glass Gallery

The gallery bears the name and is inspired by the noted fused glass artist of the same name, who got inspiration from the beautiful Cornish coast. Browse through her stunning range of glassware related products such as jewellery, coasters, bowls, wall hangings, and gift items. If you are lucky, you may get an opportunity to watch Jo Downs and her team hard at work creating even more inspiring beautiful pieces that breathe Cornish charm.

Image Courtesy: www.cornwall-art.co.uk/
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City St. Ives Harbour Hotel Spa

St. Ives Harbour Hotel Spa

Revel in the lap of luxury and relax as you take in the spectacular views of the ocean waves kissing the sandy shores of the Porthminster Beach. Pick from a myriad of treatments and therapies offered by the spa; from holistic treatments, to rejuvenating massages or detoxifying body treatments, they have it all. Enjoy the serenity as the therapist kneads her magic into your tired body and leaving your mind and body soothed and relaxed. As you leave the St Ives Harbour Spa, you will end up experiencing a sense of tranquillity and calm from head to toe.

Image Courtesy: www.coolplaces.co.uk
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Discover this beautiful place where the sculptor of the same name resided, worked and tragically passed away in a fire in 1975 at the age of 72. Browse through the living room, the workshop and the remaining stone-built house and get a firsthand look at her tools, equipment, a series of uncut stones, and partly worked sculptures. This place is now managed by the Tate gallery.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Tate St. Ives Art Gallery

Tate St. Ives Art Gallery

Admire the work by British modern artists at the Greco-Roman looking Tate St Ives Art Gallery. This three-storey building was built on the remains of an old gas works offering splendid views of the Porthmeor Beach and was opened in 1993. The gallery however, is temporarily shut till May 21 2016 to expand the existing space and create more areas so that more artwork can be exhibited for visitors.

Image Courtesy: Ucred via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Godrevy Head

Godrevy Head

Godrevy, which means ‘small farms’ in the Cornish language refers to an area situated on the eastern side of St Ives Bay. It provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and is quite a popular place among surfers and walkers. Godrevy Head is the headland in the same area, which abounds with landscapes of shrub and heath, several types of plants, animals, as well as the solitary Godrevy Lighthouse. The island surrounding it is home to seagulls, cormorants, pipits, and oystercatchers. Marvel at some spectacular scenic beauty here.

Image Courtesy: Steve Fareham via www.geograph.org.uk
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City St. Ives September Festival

St. Ives September Festival

Founded in 1978, the St Ives September Festival celebrates the music, arts and literature based events for 15 days, which draws crowds from far and wide. Expect some sort of entertainment, which will pique your interest in exhibitions, concerts, poetry, walks, workshops, theatre, talks, plays, and films. You may also want to shake a leg to the music courtesy some of the country’s upcoming and leading bands and artists, in the stunning backdrop of the St Ives panorama.

Image Courtesy: http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/
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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Chysauster Ancient Village

Chysauster Ancient Village

Explore the remains of this prehistoric village, which is an Iron Age and Romano-British village comprising of eight to ten houses with their own exclusive courtyard. All of them were uniform in terms of structure and had characteristic thatched roofs. This village is believed to have been inhabited by the Dumnonii tribe from 100 BC until the 3rd century AD. It also houses a fogou, which means ‘cave’ in the Cornish language and is an underground passageway that runs for over 16 m.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom St Ives Featured City Mên-an-Tol

Mên-an-Tol

This means ‘the hole stone’ in Cornish language, and is a small formation of standing stones also locally called the ‘Crick Stone’. They are granite in nature and consist of two straight, upright stones while the third one is situated in the middle resembling a round stone with a circle in between like a doughnut. It has a 3D nature, whichever angle you look at it from, and was supposedly believed to have miraculous healing properties, and an ability to reverse evil spells. Enjoy the lovely walk and when on top admire the stunning views of the moorland and the sea.

Image Courtesy: blog.goeuro.co.uk
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