Arriving at Tate St Ives
Please note: parking is very limited in St Ives. Call St Ives Tourist Information on +44 (0)1736 796297 for details of a shuttle-bus service from the coach/car parks.
How to get to Tate St Ives
Please arrive at the time you are booked in. If you are late leaving or delayed, please call + 44 (0)1736 796226.
Late arrivals may result in alterations to your booked itinerary. If a group arrives more than 30 minutes after their designated slot, any booked activities may be cancelled.
Group leaders are asked to leave their group in the Heron Mall or Loggia area and register at the information desk to collect their group’s stickers. Please ensure you have your booking reference number when you register.
Please note that there is very limited space outside the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in which to congregate.
Find out about access at Tate St Ives
Group supervision and safety
Adult supervision is required at all times with the following adult-to-student ratios:
- 1:5 for under 5s
- 1:10 for 6–11 year-olds
- 1:15 for 12–16 year-olds
- 1:20 for 16–18 year-olds
Please note that teachers are responsible for students’ behaviour and safety at all times. All group leaders should carry out their own risk assessment prior to their visit. At no stage can Tate assume the formal duty of care on behalf of teachers.
Tate's health and safety statement [PDF, 83kb]
Conduct in the galleries and garden
- Group leaders should clearly display their admission sticker at all times.
- Please be aware of school talks, workshops and guided tours taking place in the gallery. Tate speakers have precedence over outside lecturers.
- Do not lecture in rooms where talks are already in progress. The first group takes precedence and you may return around 20 minutes later.
- All groups are asked to remain no longer than 20minutes in front of any artwork and be prepared to move on if asked by Tate staff.
- It is best to be flexible in your route, due to other talks taking place.
Visitors are welcome to use the following materials in the galleries, with appropriate supervision levels for young people: graphite pencils, coloured pencils, ballpoint pens, enclosed / barrelled pencil sharpeners. NB: Erasers are not permitted at either site
Facilities at Tate St Ives
Cloakroom and packed lunches
There is a free unstaffed cloakroom at Tate St Ives. We have a large secure locker for groups and payable lockers are also available. Please do not bring large bags to the gallery due to restricted cloakroom space. All structured groups will be asked to leave their bags in the cloakroom.
There are no cloakroom facilities at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
There are no facilities inside Tate St Ives or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in which to eat packed lunches. At Tate St Ives, groups are welcome to use the outside undercover Loggia space for eating and drinking. There is also a café at Tate St Ives.
There are three Learning spaces at Tate St Ives:
Artworks on display
Artworks can be taken off display at short notice. If you are visiting to see a particular work please check it will be on display:
or call +44 (0)1736 796226
To avoid congestion in the shop, please ensure that pupils visit in small, staggered groups and are supervised at all times.
An educational discount of 10% is available on all library and school orders for those with an account. To open an account, please call +44 (0)20 7887 8896.