The Story of St Ives

Every Wednesday throughout the year, Every Monday from Easter until October Half Term
Meet outside The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 2DS
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St Ives has a fascinating history – from its roots as a remote fishing and  mining village, to its position in the mid twentieth century as a world-renowned centre of modernist art, and now as a well-loved holiday destination.

The Story of St Ives tour will guide you through all these facets of the town’s history, providing insights into the lives of people in the town throughout the centuries.

We will take you on a leisurely walking tour of the town, stopping at notable landmarks to relive key moments of the town’s history. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the past and present of St Ives

Who will enjoy “The Story of St Ives”?

This tour is for everyone who wants to learn more about St Ives. From people who have never visited St Ives before to those who have been coming every year for 40 years! We have lots of visitors who lived here as children, and some whose relatives emigrated to Australia to ply their trade when the traditional industries of mining and fishing went into decline.

You will meet other people on the tours who have their own stories to tell about the town – like the swimming lessons the school held in the harbour, the silks drying on The Island, or the Radio One Roadshows!

Tour Details

The Story of St Ives tour takes place every Monday and Wednesday at 11.00am from early March until October Half-Term. It lasts around 75-90 minutes, and departs from outside The Guildhall on Street-an-Pol (follow the signs to the Visitor Information Centre). There’s no need to book – just turn up around 10 minutes before the tour leaves.

The tour takes in all the places of interest in a leisurely walk, finishing at the Tate St Ives at around 12.30pm. The tour costs £5 per person, payable in cash to the tour guide, please.

The tours run in all weathers, sometimes necessitating detours, but they are always fun and informative and if the weather is really impossible we can always shelter somewhere or drop into a local café and continue the talk inside.  However we are usually lucky!

If you cannot make the drop-on tour, please call Dawn on 07816 180639 to arrange a private walking tour at a time that suits you.


Mondays at 11:00 am April to October Half Term

Every Wednesday at 11:00 am


2018 Cost: £5 per person, payable to the Guide on the day. Families are welcome and children under 12 are free.

2019 Cost: £7.50 per person, payable to the Guide on the day. Families are welcome and children under 12 are free.

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