Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth

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On 31 October the museum will close for conservation works until Spring 2018

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–17.20

Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AD

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Barbara Hepworth first came to live in Cornwall with her husband Ben Nicholson and their young family at the outbreak of war in 1939. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios – now the Barbara Hepworth Museum – from 1949 until her death in 1975.

Following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, Trewyn Studio and much of the artist’s work remaining there was given to the nation and placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980.

‘Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.’

Most of the bronzes are in the positions in which the artist herself placed them. The garden itself was laid out by Barbara Hepworth with help from a friend, the composer Priaulx Rainier.



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Entry details

Entry to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is £6.60/£5.50 concessions (without donation £6/£5)

Combined ticket with Tate St Ives £11/£8.80 (£10/£8 without donation)

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Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid

Concessions apply to 60s and over, students over 18, visitors with disabilities, job seekers.

Discounted tickets for pre-paid groups of 10 or more (all groups must be pre-booked).

Free entry for Tate Members, 18s and under.

All visitors travelling to the gallery or museum by public transport receive £1 off admission on production of a valid ticket at the time of purchase (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer). For more information on public transport to the gallery call Traveline on 08712 002 233 or visit

Art Pass

Enjoy seven days unlimited access to Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Leach Pottery and Penlee House Gallery and Museum. Includes 20% discount at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange shops and 10% discount at the Tate St Ives shop.

£15/£10 concessions, available from all participating venues.

On 31 October the museum will close for conservation works until Spring 2018

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–17.20

Last admission 17.00

Monday – Sunday 10.00–17.20

Getting here


Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden Barnoon Hill
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1AD



The gallery and museum are within walking distance of St Ives town centre and Porthmeor beach.


A frequent rail service operates between London Paddington and St Ives via Reading, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Truro, St Erth and Penzance. A local train service operates from St Erth to St Ives. For train times and booking see:


There are daily National Express coach services from Victoria Coach Station, London. These services travel via Heathrow, Plymouth, Liskeard, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, St Ives and Penzance – stopping at most small towns en route.


There are regular local bus services to and from St Ives.


St Ives is a 15–20 minute drive from the A30. On reaching the town, follow the brown signs to Tate St Ives. Please be aware that parking in St Ives is limited.

Shuttle bus service

A shuttle bus service runs throughout the year between the Trenwith Coach and Car Park and the town centre, which is a five minute walk from Tate St Ives. For details call St Ives Tourist Information on +44 (0)1736 796297.

Park and ride service – peak season

A train park and ride service operates from St Erth and Lelant Saltings stations between the end of May and the end of September. Visitors using the service receive £1 off Tate St Ives admission.


The nearest airport is in Newquay, the regional commercial airport for Cornwall.



There are steps and uneven surfaces at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden that make access difficult.
For this reason wheelchair access is by prior appointment only. Call +44 (0)173 679 6226 or +44(0)173 679 1102.

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Wheelchair provision

If you require a wheelchair, please let us know before you visit. Call +44 (0)173 679 6226 or +44 (0)173 679 1102.

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Guide and hearing dogs

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden both welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs.

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Contact Us

Email Call +44 (0)173 679 6226TextPhone 18801 7027400

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Phone: +44 (0)1736 796 226