St Ives Cornwall

St Ives Cornwall – History

St Ives is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the UK.

They say it’s in the top ten of UK holiday destinations, it’s clear to see why with its highly beautiful surrounds and sea views stretching far out to sea.

Finding a Hotel St Ives Cornwall

Finding a top Hotel in St Ives Cornwall isn’t too hard, we would highly recommend the Garrack Hotel and Restaurant, the Garrack Hotel has fabulous sea views and accommodation. Also if you own a Dog your also truly welcome to bring and stay as the Garrack Hotel is Dog-friendly.

Walking Into St Ives from the Garrack

Its a very pleasant walk down into St Ives from the Garrack Hotel – the Rd takes you down into town and at a light pace is around 20 minutes long – the walk back up from town however is rather much harder – the hill is quite steep in places but has plenty of slower sloping areas – from the first part of the assent back up to the Garrack Hotel the views are amazing – overlooking the famous Porthmeor Beach the view also takes on the St Ives graveyard with headstones of many of St Ives former locals residents sadly laid to rest –

Further up the hill to the Garrack Hotel

As you walk further up the hill out from St ives town the view really opens up, the town is then below you and you can at some points see Godrevy Light House – the Godrevy Lighthouse is very impressive and was built in 1858 on Godrevy Island in St Ives Bay, Cornwall. Standing approximately 300 metres or so off Godrevy Head, it marks the Stones reef, which has been a hazard to shipping for centuries.

Cornish Light House , Garrack Hotel
Godrevy Light House, Thanks www.kbrimsonphotography.com

St Ives Twinned with St Ives Cambridge

Yes, its true – St Ives in Cornwall is twinned with the town of St In Cambridgeshire is much bigger than the Cornish version. Possibly not as attractive as the Cornish version!

St ives Cornwall a fishing Town

The town of St Ives has a long fishing heritage dating back many hundreds of years. The main fish caught where Macerkal, Cod, Sand Eels, also lobster and Crab where caught and are still a very popular catch to this day. Fishing inshore or indeed offshore was very dangerous and remains so today. Now in modern days, more people can swim, but back in bygone days, not many fishermen could in-fact swim.

No being able therefore did mean they very often sadly drowned at sea during big storms, which would also take fishing boats down to the bottom of the Atlantic never to be seen again. For more info on the fishing that goes on past and present try the St Ives Heritage Fishing website:

The lifeboat station in St Ives

The towns lifeboat station also has a big heritage, not only in saving lives but as part of the St Ives community its based St Ives Lifeboat Station.

If you pop in to visit you can find a wonderful team with a gift shop helping to raise money for the station house and boat upkeep. The visiting times are April October Monday to Friday Daytime, Follow the St Ives lifeboat News on FaceBook!

Cornish Tin Mining

Cornwall is famous for its Tin Mining, many years when by Cornish folk used to dig deep into the hillside. Many times the town would become part of the Tin Mine process. The workload was often assisted by pit ponies, they would help carry the large barrels of rock out of the mine.

Then this rock load was taken up the hills for processing. Mine disasters where prone to underground flooding and lives would be lost.

Some old mines are still open to the general public and great to visit if you’re on holiday in Cornwall.

Visit the Unesco World Heritage Site

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geevor former working Tin Mine, is a museum and heritage centre. The centre celebrates one of the great working Tin Mines of Cornwall’s prosperous mining past. Cornwall has 100,000 miles of undersea cable, all connecting where the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is now situated. If you have some time you can explore its underground tunnels buried deep within the hard Cornish granite.