Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Discover the work and outlook of Barbara Hepworth

Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AD
Barbara Hepworth Museum
Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Vertical Form (St Ives)’ 1968, cast 1969
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Vertical Form (St Ives) 1968, cast 1969
Tate
© Bowness

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 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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Getting Here

Address

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

Directions

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

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

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.

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.

Accessibility

Entrance

There are steps and uneven surfaces that make access difficult. For this reason wheelchair access is by prior appointment only.

To book call +44 (0)173 679 6226

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Wheelchair provision

To book a wheelchair for your visit call +44 (0)173 679 6226 or +44 (0)173 679 1102

Bookings should be made at least 24 hours before visiting.

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Guide and hearing dogs

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

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