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St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

December 18, 2013 by David Herd

Low tide at St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town voted by the British Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011.  A civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing.

Huge seagulls

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

These are the biggest seagulls I have ever seen, twice the size of their Australian cousins. If you are eating fish & chips on the beach make sure you have a loaded shotgun beside you.  😆

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

If you are staying at a hotel or guest house you will probably have to leave your car on the outskirts of town. The streets are so narrow you can barely get a small car through them.

Narrow streets in St Ives

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives really is a hidden gem, put it on your bucket list.

St Ives best seaside town.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

In former times St Ives was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably achieving the award ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011. St Ives was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. 

Low Tide

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives was named best seaside town of 2007 by the Guardian newspaper.

The beach at St Ives best seaside town

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

St Ives is situated on the shore of St Ives Bay, its harbour sheltered by Smeaton’s pier. Close to the harbour, its streets are narrow and uneven while its wider streets are in the newer parts of the town on rising ground. The town has four beaches: Porthmeor a surfing beach, Porthgwidden a small sandy cove, Harbour by the working port and Porthminster which has almost half a mile of sand. 

Lots of restaurants in St Ives.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

The town has an Oceanic climate and has some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in Britain and Northern Europe.

The Hub

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

It is a very popular tourist resort in the summer, and benefits from an average of 1700–2000 hours of sunshine a year.

Lots of chairs overlooking the beach

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

Just sit back and enjoy the view of  St Ives best Seaside Town.

Soak up the sun

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

Blue sky, big seagulls, nice sand & plenty of restaurants.

The Stooge Inn

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

There are many great little places to stay in this wonderful seaside village, I got a great price through this link.

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Lunch with red wine.

St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town

Here I am having lunch with Bill Austin, my English friend from Wiltshire, thanks for visiting my St Ives Cornwall Best Seaside Town photo blog, I certainly agree with the title St Ives best seaside town.

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