St Ives is widely regarded as the jewel of Cornwall’s crown, a beautiful seaside town, set in breathtaking coastal scenery and is one of Cornwall’s top holiday destinations. St Ives has four beaches and climate which has some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in Britain,
St Ives has been attracting artists for decades who come to capture the area’s undeniable natural beauty. It started with J M W Turner and the marine artist Henry Moore who first came to St Ives in the mid-1800s and since then the town has become a magnet for some of the world’s greatest artists.
The origin of St Ives is attributed in legend to the arrival of the Irish Saint Ia of Cornwall, in the 5th century. The parish church bears her name, and St Ives derives from it. From medieval times fishing was important at St Ives; it was the most important fishing port on the north coast.
The modern seaside resort of St Ives developed as a result of the arrival of the St Ives Bay branch line from St Erth, part of the Great Western Railway in 1877. With it came a new generation of Victorian seaside holidaymakers. Much of the town was built during the latter part of the 19th century.