Tate St Ives

Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 Winner

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–16.20

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

Exhibitions and displays


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.

Collection on display

Plan your visit

Getting Started

In Tate St Ives

  • Tate St Ives Shop

    Artists and the local landscape are the focus of the shop at Tate St Ives
  • Café at Tate St Ives

    On the top floor of the gallery with spectacular views over St Ives, Porthmeor Beach and the Atlantic Ocean

Admission Information

Entry details

Entry to Tate St Ives is £10.50/£9.40 concessions (without donation £9.50/£8.50).

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

Combined ticket for Tate St Ives/Barbara Hepworth Museum Sculpture Garden. One day visit to each site over 7 days £14.50/£13.20 concessions (without donation £13/£12).

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 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.

We're closed on

Monday 23 December 2019, Tuesday 24 December 2019, Wednesday 25 December 2019, Thursday 26 December 2019 (Christmas closure)

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 Winner

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–16.20

Winter hours

November - March

Tuesday - Sunday 10.00–16.20

Last admission 16.00

Summer Hours

April - October

Daily 10.00–17.20

Last admission 17.00


Accessible car parking

Tate St Ives

We have one designated parking bay in the Barnoon Car Park for visitors who are either blue badge holders, who for those who can’t access the gallery via the drop off and access slope. Please book these spaces in advance, giving 24 hours’ notice where possible.

Once you have parked, please enter via the Staff Entrance across the level terrace, approximately 10 meters from the parking spaces. The Security team will help you into the lift to be taken to Gallery 4. From here there is another lift to the shop and cafe. Let the Security team know if you would like any assistance and a member of our Visitor Experience team will show you the way.

If you have booked a wheelchair, these can also be collected from the main entrance (step free access).

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Wheelchair provision

Tate St Ives

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. Please 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 here, there is lift access to all areas of the gallery

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

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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Blind and visually impaired visitors

Audio introduction

This 10 min introduction describes the architechure, 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 dogs 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. Please ask a member of the Visitor Experience team. Guides are printed on grey paper with black print to reduce contrast.

Talking Art

A morning of making and talking designed for blind or partially sighted visitors and friends. Detailed spoken descriptions of the works on display and an opportunity to handle some of the objects. Practical activities will bring the artworks to life.

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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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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Dyslexic visitors

Large print captions are available in all galleries. Ask at the exhibition entrance.

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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 entrance. 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 entrance
  • Lighting levels are bright
  • Seating is available in the foyer


Accessible toilets are located on the third floor at Tate St Ives.

Baby changing facilities

  • The Parent and Baby Room is on the third floor. It can accommodate a pushchair or wheelchair.
  • There are also baby changing facilities in the main toilets.


The lift at Tate St Ives is suitable for wheelchair users. It gives 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 an unrefundable £1 coin. Buggies can also be stored here, subject to space availability.


Stools are available throughout the galleries. To get a stool, ask a member of staff or at the Information desk. There is a bench outside the gallery, and within the exhibition space.

Disabled visitors

Provision and activities for disabled visitors


The Cafe is located on the fourth floor, and caters for all dietry requirements. Please call in advance if you have any specific concerns or requirements.

  • 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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Concessionary admission

The concessions rate applies to senior citizens, students, job seekers and disabled visitors.

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 reservations
  • wheelchair reservations
  • accessible car park reservations
  • membership and ticketing services

Email visiting.stives@tate.org.uk
Call 0173 679 6226
TextPhone 18801 702 7400

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