Even if you’ve brought the kids away just to play on the wonderful St. Ives beaches, it’s the harbour that you’ll always be drawn back to.
Protected by the West Pier next to the Lifeboat Station, and the longer Smeaton’s Pier on the opposite side, the harbour is a magnet for both tourists and locals alike.
Between the two piers are a plethora of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants that will keep everyone amused even if they were to get tired of the view.
With artists painting en plein air and boat trips from the harbour it’s almost as if this place was built purely for visitors – but of course it wasn’t.
Mining, quarrying, and fishing, all had an important part to play in the prosperity of St. Ives, and the harbour would have been used for these different commercial activities.
As these industries withered away tourism took over to became the dominant source of income, and the harbour gradually changed to how it looks today.