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May 11, 2018 — Saint Ives in Cornwall

Took the steam train to St. Ives, visited the Tate Museum and the Barbara Hepworth Museum


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Healey's Cyder Farm has a display of Austin-Healey cars

Healey's Cyder Farm has a display of Austin-Healey cars


Stopped at Healey’s Cyder Farm for tea and hot chocolate and to get change for train station parking and train tickets. Then drove to Lelant-Saltings Car Park and Train Station where a kindly couple helped us deal with the parking ticket machine. The parking ticket machines all seem to be a little bit different. There was an attendant at the train kiosk so we easily bought our train day passes and waited in the rain with everyone else for the steam train. It arrived huffing and puffing; we boarded and I took photos through the very wet windows. It is a beautiful ride even in the rain. St. Ives Bay Line Train, Lelant-Saltings Car Park Hayle TR27 6HB; tel: +44 (0)1752 584777; Click here for the St. Ives Bay Line Train web site

Draft horse at Healey's Cyder Farm in Cornwall

Draft horse at Healey's Cyder Farm in Cornwall

Lelant-Saltings train station

Lelant-Saltings train station

Sign by the Track at Lelant-Saltings Train Station

Sign by the Track at Lelant-Saltings Train Station

Steam Train from Lelant-Saltings to St. Ives in the Rain

Steam Train from Lelant-Saltings to St. Ives in the Rain

St. Ia, the St. Ives Parish Church

St. Ia, the St. Ives Parish Church


We arrived in St. Ives and followed everyone up the hill into town where we found the tourist office and paid one GBP for a map. We set off on our daily search for lunch, noting galleries, souvenir shops, fudge shops and bakeries as we walked. We walked clear down to the harbor where I took some photos from under my umbrella. Then we walked back up to the Sea Food Café and shed our very wet hats and raincoats and ordered lunch. Ed got the fish pie and I ordered the salmon with potatoes and spinach in a wonderful mild lemon sauce. It was an excellent meal and our desserts were so pretty I took pictures. Ed got the sticky toffee pudding and I got a flourless chocolate cake. Both arrived with clotted cream and under a net of spun sugar. Super restaurant. Sea Food Café, 45 Fore St., St. Ives TR26 1HE; tel: +44 (0)1736 794004; Click here for the Sea Food Café in St. Ives

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Wharf Road in St. Ives, Cornwall

Wharf Road in St. Ives, Cornwall

Our desserts at the Sea Food Café in St. Ives

Our desserts at the Sea Food Café in St. Ives

Porthmeor Beach in front of the Tate St. Ives Gallery

Porthmeor Beach in front of the Tate St. Ives Gallery


We piled back into our rain gear, upped umbrellas and set out for the Tate St. Ives. We arrived soaking wet but it was delightfully dry and warm inside. The museum is modern art with an emphasis on Cornish artists . . . and the artists who influenced them. In addition to the Cornish contingent, there were Matisse, Mondrian, Picasso and Braque. It was interesting and the view out the front window of Porthmeor Beach and the sea was spectacular. Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1TG; tel: +44 (0)1736 796226; Click here for the Tate St. Ives web site

The Tate St. Ives

The Tate St. Ives

Some of the diverse works in the Tate St. Ives Gallery

Some of the diverse works in the Tate St. Ives Gallery

Lobby walkway in the Tate St. Ives

Lobby walkway in the Tate St. Ives

View from the Tate St. Ives to Porthmeor Beach

View from the Tate St. Ives to Porthmeor Beach

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum


We exited the Tate in a hard rain and walked back through town to the Barbara Hepworth Museum to enjoy her sculptures and garden . . . lovely even in the rain. Barbara Hepworth Museum, Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives TR26 1AD; tel: +44 (0)1736 796226; Click here for the Barbara Hepworth Museum web site

Studio of Barbara Hepworth, British Sculptor

Studio of Barbara Hepworth, British Sculptor

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Sculpture in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

Sculpture in the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Sculpture Garden at the Barbara Hepworth Museum


The Seafood Cafe on Fore Street in St. Ives

The Seafood Cafe on Fore Street in St. Ives


Departed the Hepworth Museum to wander through galleries noting the cheesiest paintings were most expensive . . . but very cute. The rain stopped and the sun came out so we redid the town taking sunny photos before heading back to our train. I got nice sunny photos from the train on the return trip!

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St. Ives Harbor from Wharf Street

St. Ives Harbor from Wharf Street

St. Ives Harbor seen walking to the train station

St. Ives Harbor seen walking to the train station

Godrevy Lighthouse in St. Ives Bay

Godrevy Lighthouse in St. Ives Bay


Leaving St. Ives on the train . . . with sunshine

Leaving St. Ives on the train . . . with sunshine

The sunny view on the train ride home

The sunny view on the train ride home

Lelant-Saltings Train Station near St. Ives

Lelant-Saltings Train Station near St. Ives

Tomorrow we move to the next cottage . . .

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A shame about the rain, but I'm pleased the sun came out for you eventually :) We're yet to visit Tate St Ives although I've heard good things about it which your photos confirm!

by ToonSarah

Thanks Sarah. We loved St. Ives and could have spent several days there. Oddly, nearly all the rain we had was in Cornwall. After we left, we saw little rain.

by Beausoleil

We tend to get more rain further west in Britain as a lot of it comes from the Atlantic

by ToonSarah

I've never been to St. Ives, and only know of it from a rhyme/riddle that I used to read to my children: As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks, each sack had seven cats, each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

by Nemorino

Did you ever figure it out? I came up with 2400 plus the original man who started it all. Must have been a rowdy crew. ;)

by Beausoleil

I think the answer is one.

by Nemorino

Don is correct. Only the original man was going TO St Ives - the others were coming away from the town

by ToonSarah

The answer is one because the narrator was going to St. Ives. No one else was. It's not very clear how many were headed the other way. Definitely one man was headed the other way, but the other 2400 may not have been with him. You get the impression his 7 wives, bags and contents were with him but it doesn't firmly state that. He could have met our narrator and told him about the others. Cute rhyme.

by Beausoleil

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