Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Temporarily closedClosed until Dec 27, 2023
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The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden contains the largest group of Hepworth's works, permanently on display where she lived and worked from 1949 until 1975. You can book your tickets in advance on the website, or on the day in the museum.
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  • THFC69
    Berkshire, United Kingdom690 contributions
    At last!
    Been visiting Cornwall for many years and finally got round to visiting. Stunning garden beautifully laid out with amazing sculptures. Helpful guides, a wonderful escape from the hullabaloo of the town. Interesting museum with insights into her life.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 February 2023
  • Sheila N
    London, United Kingdom154 contributions
    Magical sculpture and garden
    Thoroughly enjoyed my visit and the tour pointed out things that I need et could have known. She referred to the newly-delivered marble as her ‘sheep’. Hepworth seems like someone I would have loved to have met in person. And her garden is just as delightful as her sculpture. In fact, as we found out, they go hand in hand. All the staff were lovely people. Fab museum. Fab art. Fab garden. If I could give this six stars I would. As an aside, it’s (thankfully) not a large place and therefore not overwhelming to see it all. Plenty of places to sit in the garden as evidenced by the numerous people making sketches. I was guessing they were an organised club, but who knows. It added to the joy.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 February 2023
  • RMKABC1
    St Hilary, United Kingdom30 contributions
    What a gem
    This small but beautifully formed museum is a little gem. Visited on a sunny Autumn day and the garden was amazing. Very spiritual and so calm and quiet even though you are in the middle of the St Ives madness. Stunning! I have bought a locals pass and plan to pop in regularly in the summer. Please go… or actually maybe don’t and then I get this beautiful experience all to myself!
    Visited November 2022
    Written 31 March 2023
  • Banffcityboy
    Banff, Canada67 contributions
    Garden was bursting with flowers, sculptures were beautiful
    A highlight of our trip to Cornwall. The Tate does not do a combined ticket with The Barbara Hepworth house any more, although they can sell you a ticket if you go to the Tate first, otherwise, you buy a ticket on entering the house. We were there in April and the massive blossom tree in the garden was in full bloom. I took countless photos, it was truly delightful. Seeing her workshop was special. She also had a darling little cottage with a single bed, I would pay to sleep there! Highly recommend this incredible site.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Dorsetlad
    39 contributions
    Well Worth A Visit
    After being disappointed with Tate St Ives, visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden was a real pleasure. The garden in particular is beautifully kept with a lot of her pieces on display and her workshop is fascinating. We were also lucky to catch a 30 minute talk by an expert on her life and work. Even if (and perhaps especially if) you know nothing about sculptures and sculptors this is well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • katyjane54
    Widnes, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Highlight of our day in St. Ives
    Highlight of our trip to St. Ives. Would highly recommend. There were two talks with a very knowledgeable guide, firstly in the bedroom studio and then 20 minutes later in front of the garden studio which gave you time to study the sculptures in the garden. Loved that you were able to take as many pictures as you liked.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • kuspoletto
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    This made our day in St Ives
    The museum and its knowledgeable welcoming staff made our experience a great one which we will remember. Even my eight year old son had a great time learning and chatting the friendly staff. Certainly this was our best experience in St Ives.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Sharon
    Manchester, United Kingdom187 contributions
    Worth a visit for all ages
    Well worth a visit. Our 6 year old granddaughter loved the children's pack and got the most out of her visit. Loved the sculptures. Well set out. Toilet on site. Not accessible for baby buggy, quite a few steps. No cafe, but located near to facilities. Very interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • loulou089
    441 contributions
    Absolutely wonderful
    We have always wanted to go here but we never realised it is in the middle of St Ives. We booked tickets in advance. Given a very interesting talk by one of the staff. The art is very well displayed in Hepworth old house and beautiful garden. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • louiseholistic
    Penarth, United Kingdom944 contributions
    Fairly interesting
    Barbara Hepworth’s work doesn’t inspire me, although I can appreciate the craftsmanship in it. It’s just a bit too abstract for my little brain. However, I felt that, whilst visiting St Ives, it would be appropriate to visit her former home which is now a museum. £8 for adult admission. Friendly staff and some interesting pieces, although I was more taken with seeing her studio and the tools she used. We stayed about 20 minutes, but my favourite piece of hers is in St Ives parish church in the lady chapel.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
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Laura Tan
St Ives, UK13 contributions
Aug 2022
A bit biased, because this is garden from garden. Every time I go, I always think "should come here more often". Changes throughout the seasons, sometimes quiet, and sometimes thronging with visitors who seem equally enthralled by the sculptures and the story of Barbara's life that is well documented through the indoor exhibition and photo gallery.
Always recommend this as a must when visiting St Ives, especially for those seeking a cultural and/or garden holiday fix.
Written 11 August 2022
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Wanderer191255
Southport, UK594 contributions
Aug 2022
This is where Barbara lived and worked. Her sculptures are beautifully positioned in this fantastic garden and her workshop with half finished pieces is incredibly poignant. You feel as if she has just stepped away to do something else.
Written 7 August 2022
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Midlands Wanderer 13
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK41 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Don't expect much to read about Hepworth's life and artistic process. Do expect incredibly knowledgeable guides who are infectiously passionate. The garden, containing some of her most famous sculptures from throughout her life, will stay with you for a long long time. If you can go when it's sunny, you will not believe the photos you can get.
Written 30 July 2022
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RossCountyMan
Buckinghamshire, UK39 contributions
Jul 2022
Simply fabulous! The many works are beautifully displayed and so tactile. A 'must visit'. One of the highlights of our Cornish trip and the best thing in St Ives.
Written 26 July 2022
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Robin B
Ipswich, UK12 contributions
Jul 2022
This is one of the loveliest galleries in the country. Hepworth's work can never have been seen in such inspiring surroundings. No wonder she loved it here. The Tate organisation is doing a really good job of looking after it.
Written 14 July 2022
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mary h
Kirkwood, MO2 contributions
Jun 2022
This museum was a definite highlight of our England adventure ! Ethan starting talking to us, and quickly became our tour guide ! He was wonderful ! He told all about Barbara and the museum and gardens. His storytelling skills are superb ! I could not stop listening. I could've listened to him all day !!! He was so informative and passionate about her and the art. I absolutely want to go back just to here more!
Thank you, Ethan !
Written 12 July 2022
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Stephen G
Retford, UK61 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
A small but perfectly formed attraction in the heart of St Ives. Behind a high wall, Barbara Hepworth’s idyllic sculpture garden and workshop provides a perfect sanctuary from the busy harbour and shopping streets outside.
Written 9 July 2022
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Josquine
Somerset UK115 contributions
Jun 2022
I wasn't too sure what I would make of the sculptures, but I really liked them, some more than others. Not too many that you are overwhelmed, and set in lots of plants - I hadn't really taken on board the 'Garden' bit beforehand. Sculptures are placed exactly as Hepworth decided, and a guide told me that the planting was her choice as well. Quite a lot of visitors when I went, but still a nice rest from the hustle and bustle of crowded St Ives front.
Written 8 July 2022
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TennaRotor
Birmingham, MI502 contributions
Jun 2022
Small museum dedicated to Barbara Hepworth. First room contains a timeline of her life with photos and memorabilia. Then up the stairs to a display of her work and finally outside tot eh garden. From the garden you can see her workshop looking exactly like the way she left it. The garden is very peaceful with her art work displayed among it - garden is in keeping with her platings and the art work is exactly where she laved it. Lovely little sleeping cottage which actually rotates. Very friendly and informative staff. You feel like you are in a little oasis of calm.
Written 29 June 2022
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trudiemarsh
Barnstaple, UK13 contributions
Jun 2022
Fabulous insight into the life and work of Barbara Hepworth. Beautiful garden full of her work and a chance to see into her studio, which contained unfinished work.
An absolute must-visit if you are in St. Ives
Written 25 June 2022
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