Walk the Harbor
At low tide during the late morning and early afternoon, go down to the harbor and walk on the sand.
The ocean pulls out completly and you can walk among the beached boats without fear of getting wet! Okay, your feet might get wet, it is a harbor after all and there are puddles of water but all the more fun to take off your shoes and run around with the locals!
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Visit the chapel on the island
The large mound at the northern tip of St Ives is known as 'The Island', for some reason, even though it's not. It is, however, a wonderfullly scenic addition to the St Ives panorama, with the coastguard station at the far end and this small chapel perched right on top. It's an easy climb to the top, and waking round the chapel gives you great views back over St Ives and, northwards, out across the Atlantic. Watch out for the wind though! It blows right round the building and can be very chilly!
Apparently it used to be used as a base for 'the Preventative Men', on the lookout for smugglers.
Tate St Ives
For those of you used to the vast galleries of Tate Britain, or the monster space of Tate Modern, Tate St Ives will come as a bit of a surprise! Unless you are a true afficionado of whichever exhibition is on, you shouldn't need more than an hour or so to visit the one set of galleries.
However, do allow at least half an hour to visit the cafe on the top floor. This has superb views out over the beach, or over the neighbour's back gardens, with seagulls nesting in rooftops.
Because the gallery is so small, the space closes completely when they are re-hanging, so do check the site to make sure it's going to be open when you visit. However, the cafe stays open.
There's also the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden which I have to admit, I didn't visit. Not quite sure why - the Cornish pace of life overtook me and I decided one event per morning was quite enough!
March - October Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.30
November - February Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.30
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Goonhilly earth Station
You will either love or hate this place (my friend hated it incidentally) as i am interested in telecommunications and all things related i simply loved this place. it is situated near Helston on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula and it reminds you of something out of science fiction but th etruth of teh matter it is a little more down to Earth. Goonhilly is the largest satellite earth station in the world.
With the ability to transmit to every corner of the globe via space, and through undersea fibre optic cables, Goonhilly simultaneously handles millions of international phone calls, emails, and TV broadcasts. There is tons to do and you can go on a guided tour which helps as they tend to make things a little clearer and help you understand a little more what goes on at Goonhilly. The largest dish 'Merlin' has a diameter of 32 metres and was responsible for carrying the 'Live Aid' concert to over 2 billion people in over 100 countries
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The Eden Project
Even if you are not into plants, gardening or anything of botanical nature even then still give the Eden Project a go. Eden is a symbol of regeneration, bringing life and community where there was none and i have to say from my perspective an extremely peaceful place to be although it does get rather hot and steamy inside and you have to be fairly fit on some of the steeper slopes as the heat can get to you. I wouldn't say you need a full day but certainly put aside half a day to enjoy it and relax. oh and why not sit and have a nice coffee and a meal at the lovely restaurant at the end of it.
All the food incidentally is grown locally and they also cater for vegans and gluten free diets!
Saint Ives has many interesting gift shops. Each shop is different so you must actually go in each and every one of them. The people there are really friendly and you can get all sorts of interesting gifts for family and friends. None of those boring key chains and T-shirts gifts. I got my sisters really beautiful copper rings. Interesting.
With all the art on display in this part of Cornwall and the places history as a haven for artisits, you should really go and have a look at the Tate if you're down here!
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The Tate Gallery
Even if you are not interested in art you really must pay the world famous Tate gallery a visit and if you are a modern art fan you will be in your element
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