The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of our favourite Carbis Bay attractions. Once the home and studio of the legendary sculptor, the site was turned into a museum dedicated to her life and work after her death. There’s a peaceful feel to the gardens, still dotted with sculptures left by Hepworth, and the house attracts art enthusiasts from all over the world.
If you’re determined to get out on the South West Coast Path and stretch your legs during your Carbis Bay holiday, why not walk the 1.2 miles to neighbouring St Ives? This section of the coast path runs above the railway line, and it’s an easy walk with no steep climbs to worry about. Keep your eyes peeled for relics from the past along the way. You’ll pass a fisherman’s hut, a medieval chapel, and you might even spot the odd shipwreck.
However you make your way to St Ives during your stay, make sure you pay a visit to the Tate St Ives. Perched right on the sands of Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall’s own Tate hosts contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year.
How does a privately-owned, Blue Flag beach on your doorstep sound? Carbis Bay beach manages to capture everything we love about the British seaside with all the glamour of the Med. This gleaming white sandy beach stands out for miles, and even on the warmest summer day there’s plenty of room for everyone. There’s zero surf at Carbis Bay Beach, which is great news if you’re holidaying with small children. They’ll be safe to enjoy a paddle in the crystal waters, and what a setting for your first family break.
Holidays in Carbis Bay are all about enjoying serious beach time, and there are plenty to choose from during your stay. Just along the coast at St Ives you’ll find Porthmeor Beach, another Blue Flag holder with everything going for it. This one’s popular with surfers, and it operates a seasonal dog ban.
For a beach with a picture postcard view, check out Porthminster Beach. This perfect arc of golden sands showcases spectacular views of Godrevy Lighthouse, and it’s the perfect spot for those all-important family selfies! If you prefer a sleepy cove for your beachy day, Porthgwidden Beach is a popular spot for families, and it’s the area’s smallest.
Now, holidays in Carbis Bay tend to revolve around the area’s many restaurants – and there’s no judgement from us! With so much to see and do and all those delicious menus waiting to tempt you, we’d be the same. For a modest village, Carbis Bay’s home to a diverse foodie scene, so there’s plenty of choice to keep the whole family happy.
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