St Ives is a small but precious destination on the Cornish coast of England, with a picturesque town clinging to the rugged cliffs around an old port. Despite its small size, it hits all the right notes for a great family holiday destination – charming cottages, award-winning eateries, blue-flag beaches, and plenty to do for the little ones.

The town’s fascinating history particularly revolves around the fishing harbour. Modern festivals give St Ives an unexpectedly lively vibe for such a quaint old place. It still retains that uniquely English bizarreness, though – look out for the Hurling the Silver Ball custom, which sees a metal ball getting thrown from one person to the other in a chase across the town.

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    It’s easy to see why St Ives is one of the most popular towns to visit in Cornwall. Boasting fabulous beaches, excellent galleries, a stunning harbour and the most charming shops and restaurants, it’s a cultural haven for holidaymakers. Ideal for families and couples wanting everything they could possibly need right on their doorstep, or for adventurers looking to experience the...

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    The best restaurants in St Ives naturally take full advantage of the seaside location on the north coast of Cornwall, bringing fresh fish and local produce to the table. St Ives has been a bustling fishing port since the Middle Ages and a popular resort town since 1877. St Ives has forged a reputation as an upscale surf resort and its...

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