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article imageSt Ives, Cornwall: A charming seaside town Special

By Tim Sandle     Aug 12, 2014 in Travel
Saint Ives - St Ives is a seaside town and port in Cornwall, England. The town is famous for its beaches and booming art community. This summer, Digital Journal paid a visit.
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. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis, and the town is now primarily a popular holiday resort, notably achieving the title of Best UK Seaside Town from the British Travel Awards in both 2010 and 2011.
One of St Ives s tantalizing beaches.
One of St Ives's tantalizing beaches.
St Ives is situated on the shore of St Ives Bay, its harbour sheltered by Smeaton's pier.
A view of one of the bays in St Ives. The deep blue Atlantic shimmers.
A view of one of the bays in St Ives. The deep blue Atlantic shimmers.
Water sports are popular, ranging from swimming, surfing and boating.
A boat moves across the sea  close to St Ives.
A boat moves across the sea, close to St Ives.
An aerial shot showing surfers getting ready for the next big wave.
An aerial shot showing surfers getting ready for the next big wave.
In 1928, the Cornish artist Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood met at St Ives and laid the foundation for the artists' colony. Since then St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists. The town includes one of the U.K.'s four Tate galleries.
The U.K. has four Tate galleries  dedicated to art. Two are located in London: Tate Britain and Tate...
The U.K. has four Tate galleries, dedicated to art. Two are located in London: Tate Britain and Tate Modern; another is in Liverpool; and this one, in St Ives.
The streets are narrow and uneven; however, they are also lively and interesting. They contain dozens of small independent shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and bars.
A typical street in St Ives  narrow cobbled streets with something interesting at every turn.
A typical street in St Ives, narrow cobbled streets with something interesting at every turn.
A different street in St Ives  a lane wandering down to the sea.
A different street in St Ives, a lane wandering down to the sea.
From medieval times fishing was important at St Ives; it was the most important fishing port on the north coast. Fishing has declined in recent years; today the beaches are used for sun, sand and relaxation. St. Ives boasts a quartet of golden-sand beaches.
Another view of St Ives  showing its beach and cove.
Another view of St Ives, showing its beach and cove.
The parish church is dedicated to Saint Ia of Cornwall, an Irish holy woman of the 5th or 6th century, and St Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen.
Saint Ia of Cornwall  the main parish church at St Ives.
Saint Ia of Cornwall, the main parish church at St Ives.
St Ives is also well known from the nursery rhyme and riddle "As I was going to St Ives". The rhyme runs:
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?
Art, rhyme, sun, sea, sand, and charm: St Ives is well worth a visit.
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