St. Ives, Cornwall
Tourist Information and Travel Guide
ABOVE: Porthminster Beach at the Cornish art colony of St. Ives.
I was going to St. Ives,
Although foreigners may know St. Ives* primarily for its role in a riddle, the British have long regarded the Cornish fishing town as England's leading art colony. St. Ives has attracted painters, sculptors, potters, and weavers since the Great Western Railway made Cornwall accessible to Londoners in the late 19th Century. Today, the village has its own branch of London's Tate Gallery--a fact that attests to the influence and popularity of the various "St. Ives Schools" over the years.
Artists and art fanciers aren't the only people who enjoy St. Ives. The town has long been a popular seaside resort, thanks to wide sandy beaches, a picturesque harbor, and stone cottages built by earlier generations of tin miners and fishermen. St. Ives is also a good overnight stopping-place for hikers on the Cornwall Coastal Path.
If you're a typical foreign visitor, you'll prefer to stay in the town itself. However, nearby Carbis Bay (a sheltered cove to the southeast) may be worth considering if you're looking for a place where you and the kids can lounge on the beach for a few days.
TIP: If you dislike crowds and prefer sightseeing to sunbathing, visit St. Ives and other Cornish towns outside the peak tourist months of July and August.
Historic Town of St.
Ives September Festival
Transportation to St. Ives
National Rail Enquiries
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* The St. Ives of the riddle is another village of St. Ives, in Cambridgeshire. But foreigners can't be expected to know that. :-) As for the solution to the puzzle, it's easy: The author was going toward St. Ives when he met the man, cats, and wives. It's therefore likely that the latter were headed in the opposite direction, making the correct answer "none."
Thanks to Nic Drew of Cornish ConneXions for suggesting this article.
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