The beautiful light found in St Ives has long made it a magnet for art lovers and artists alike, and it’s the perfect place for the Cornwall version of The Tate gallery. Tate St Ives exhibits international and contemporary art in a family-friendly style, so it’s a great family attraction in St Ives – no matter how much you know about art (or not). It’s not just what’s inside the gallery that makes this Cornwall attraction special though, step outside and you’ll find yourself right on Porthmeor beach, so it’s a fascinating place to visit.
There are engaging exhibitions which change frequently, as well as guided tours, family events and a cafe. The Tate St Ives is linked to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden too, so you can buy a joint ticket for both attractions. The museum is just a 10 minute walk from the gallery so you’ll be able to do both in the same day.
St Ives is a laidback kind of resort, and its gallery is no different. If you visit during school holidays you’ll find seasonal events that help get children engaged and excited about art, and they’re great fun – just check the website for details before your holiday. You’ll find hands on activities for the children throughout the year, so they’ll get as much from their visit as mum and dad. You can hire an ipod touch for just £3, so you’ll be able to wander around at your own pace and enjoy a multimedia tour.
|Monday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am – 5:15 pm|