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Welcome to Guided Tours of St Ives – we are here to help to make your visit as enjoyable, informative and memorable as possible.
We offer a range of leisurely walking tours around St Ives, aiming to give you some insights into the history, the art and the people of this beautiful town at the Western end of the Cornish peninsula.
Our walking tours operate throughout the year, with three tours a week from mid March until early November, and one tour a week running year-round.
Our walking tours operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Every Monday and Wednesday we offer ‘The Story of St Ives’ tour. This tour offers a good introduction to the historical background of the town. We discuss our rich mining heritage, the pilchard fishing industry, the vibrant art colony (past and present), tourism, religion, smuggling, tides, lighthouses, Cornish names and even pasties!
Every Thursday we have the ‘Art in St Ives’ tour. This tour takes in the fascinating history of the artists. Why and when they first arrived, and the colourful characters who contributed so much to the town, including Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Bryan Pearce. We will also discuss and search for the elusive ‘pink light’ that St Ives is so renowned for.
The Story of St Ives
Mondays and Wednesdays 11am
Art in St Ives