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Tate Gallery St. Ives and Hepworth Museum
St. Ives' reputation as an artists' colony is in evidence by the fact that there is a branch of the Tate in the small town, population 11,000. The only other cities to have branches of the gallery are London and Liverpool. Thus, the Tate would seem to be an oversized institution for the town, were it not for the importance of the artists who have lived there in the past and are still living there now. The gallery is mainly devoted to artists of the St. Ives school of artists, a group of artists who have lived or worked in the town beginning in the late 19th century.
Since 1980, the Tate has also managed the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, also located in St. Ives. It showcases the work of Hepworth, who lived and worked in the studio that became the museum from 1949 until her death in 1975. On display are the artist's sculptures, drawings and paintings.
Both museums are open every day from March through October from 10am to 5:20pm, and from November through February Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4:20 pm. Admission to both museums is £8.75. Admission to the Tate only is £5.75 and Hepworth Museum only is £4.75. Admission is free for anyone under 18 or over 60.
Hub Bar- very cool bar to chill in
Sloop- the oldest pub, nice flag stone floor
Sunday lunchtimes at the Lifeboat Inn can be a great experience: fine selection of beers and some excellent live music.The pub is less gloomy inside than the Sloop with larger windows that overlook the harbour. It lacks the Sloops legendary status but is certainly worthy of investigation.
Try taking the path that leads from the Porthminster Beach cafe to Hayle. Some great views en route and surprisingly unpopulated beaches to be enjoyed when you arrive.
Another lovely walk, not for the unfit, can be the one from St Ives to Zennor (about 5 hours at a leisurely pace). The coast path leaves Porthmeor beach around to Clodgy Point and along to Zennor. It is a stunning place especially on a sunny day. Chances of spotting seals are good. When you eventually reach Zennor there are refreshments at the Tinner's Arms or at the backpacker's hostel nearby. Probably best to book a taxi back to St Ives or catch a bus.
Really great guided tours of St Ives. They do a quirky history one and a fascinating art tour 'St Ives in the Frame'. It really brought St Ives to life. The TIC has info about times. They are drop on nearly all year and can also be booked.