Tate St Ives

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Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

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Getting Here


Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG


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.

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.

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.

Visiting Tips

Admission Information

Entry details

Entry to Tate St Ives is £10.50/£9.50 concessions (without donation £9.50/£8.50).

  • Combined ticket for Tate St Ives/Barbara Hepworth Museum Sculpture Garden. One day visit to each site over 7 days £14.50/£13.50 concessions (without donation £13/£12).

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

  • Cornwall Residents Annual Locals' Pass is £5. Please bring proof of address for purchase.

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

  • Free entry for Tate Members, 18s and under.

Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid.

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 visist Traveline or call on +44 (0)8712 002 233.

Art Pass

Enjoy seven days unlimited access to Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum, the Leach Pottery, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange.

£18/£14 concessions, available from all participating venues.


We take security very seriously and work closely with Police Project Servator teams.

Read more about our approach to safety and rules for the gallery.


Accessible car parking

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We have one designated parking bay in Barnoon Car Park for visitors who are blue badge holders or can’t access the gallery via the drop off and access slope.

The parking space is free with entry. Please purchase your tickets and book the parking space in advance, giving 24 hours’ notice where possible.

To book call +44 (0)1736 791177 or +44 (0)1736 796226.

Once you have parked, you will enter via the Staff Entrance across the level terrace, approximately 10 meters from the parking spaces. You will be accompanied to the back of house lift which arrives close to gallery 6. On this level there is another lift to the shop and Café. Please let staff know if you would like any assistance.

If you have booked a wheelchair, these can be collected from the main entrance (step free access) or on entry from the parking space.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

There is no parking space available at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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Wheelchair provision

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Three wheelchairs are available to reserve for free at Tate St Ives. You can either book them in advance or ask a member of staff on arrival.

Call +44 (0)173 679 6226 giving 24 hours’ notice where possible.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

If you require a wheelchair, please let us know before you visit.

Call +44 (0)173 679 6226 or +44 (0)173 679 1102, giving 24 hours’ notice where possible.

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Tate St Ives

There is one main entrance to the gallery. If you require a disabled car parking space, please see the Accessible car parking section of this page.

  • There is a ramp into the main entrance from Porthmeor Beach.
  • A flight of steps with a handrail
  • From inside the building, there is lift access and level access to most areas of the gallery.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Wheelchair and buggy access to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is limited and requires assistance.

The lower floor of the museum is currently not accessible by wheelchair, however a handbook including photographs and detailed description of this space is available to support your visit.

Call +44 (0)173 679 6226 in advance to arrange your visit.

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Facilities at Tate St Ives

Information desk

The Information desk at Tate St Ives is located three metres away from the front of the building up an access ramp. Staff are happy to help with any questions you have about the artworks, building and facilities.

  • There is level access to the Information desk from the main entrance.
  • Lighting levels are generally bright but can be lower in some exhibition spaces, staff will be happy to advise.
  • Seating is available in the circular entrance area, within the building and gallery spaces.


Accessible toilets are located on the third floor at Tate St Ives close to Gallery 6.

Baby changing facilities

  • The Parent and Baby Room is on the third floor between Gallery 3 and 4. It can accommodate a pushchair.
  • There are also baby changing facilities in the main male and female toilets.


The lifts at Tate St Ives is suitable for wheelchair users. They give access to all floors at the gallery.

Cloakroom and lockers

There is an unmanned cloakroom with lockers next to the admissions desk at the entrance to Tate St Ives. Lockers require a non-refundable £1 coin. Buggies can also be stored here, subject to space availability.


There are seating places in the galleries, foyers and the St Ives Studio and folding stools are available for use at any time.

You’ll find the stools in different locations in the building and can ask a member of staff if you need one bringing to you.


The Cafe is located on the fourth floor and caters for a variety of dietary requirements. Please call in advance if you would like to know more.

  • All areas of the Café are accessible for wheelchair users.
  • The Café is waiter-service; staff are happy to help if you need assistance.


The Shop is located on the second floor, and is accessible for wheelchair users.

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Visitor Resources

Large print guides printed on yellow paper are available in all galleries. Ask a member of our Visitor Experience Team.

Ear Defenders are available to borrow at the front desk and in the Café. Adult and children's sizes available.

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Blind and visually impaired visitors

Audio introduction

This 10 min introduction describes the architecture, layout and gives a brief taste of the exhibitions.
With thanks to Art Fund and VocalEyes.

Listen to the introduction here

Guide dogs

We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance animals in the gallery. Drinking bowls are available – just ask a member of staff.

Large print guides

Large print exhibition guides are available in each gallery. Guides are printed on yelllow paper with black print. Please ask a member of the Visitor Experience team for any support required to locate these.

Talking Art

Talking Art sessions run throughout the year at Tate St Ives, designed for visitors who are blind or partially sighted and their friends. They provide detailed spoken descriptions of selected works on display in the changing exhibition, (often which can't be included in touch tours) alongside making activities.

Touch Tours

Accompanied by a Touch Tour guide and wearing sculpture conservation gloves, this is an opportunity for individuals with a visual impairment to touch and discuss the composition, materials and histories of a number of iconic Tate collection works at Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Booking is essential. Free sponsored tickets available. Each ticket includes entry for a companion.

To book call +44 (0)173 679 6226.

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Deaf and hearing impaired visitors

Hearing loops

Hearing loops are fitted at the Information desks at Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Hearing loops are also available on most talks and gallery tours.

BSL talks

BSL Interpretation can be booked for any public programme talk or tour. Advance booking essential.

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Assistance dogs

We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs in the gallery. Drinking bowls are available – just ask a member of staff.

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Concessionary admission

The concessions rate applies to senior citizens, students, job seekers and disabled visitors (companion is free).

Those 18 and under can enter the galleries for free.

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Please find the accessibility statement for our website here

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Contact us


  • general information to plan your visit
  • booking an event
  • group bookings
  • wheelchair reservations
  • accessible car park reservations
  • membership and ticketing services

Email visiting.stives@tate.org.uk
Call +44 (0)173 679 6226

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