Train and Tate (St Ives)

A train ride is usually enough to encourage everyone out of the house (and in record time this morning – 30 mins to get dressed, out and onto the platform!).

We caught the train from Truro to St Ives, changing at St Erth. It’s a short walk from the station at St Ives to the town centre, shops and beaches. We didn’t hang around much today as the cold was nipping our toes; we wound our way through the narrow streets towards Porthmeor beach and the Tate Gallery.

We enjoyed a wander around the gallery for an hour or so. There wasn’t much that held the kids attention for long. The experience of being in a gallery and seeing different types of art was a good one for them but an hour was (more than) enough. The views from the gallery over the beach were the thing that drew me the most.

We’ve taken a walk around the headland (‘The Island’) before. The weather was a little more ‘bracing’ today so we headed for the shelter of the town and the warmth of Scoff Trough Cafe. The cakes here looked Delicious, we settled for sweetie-topped milkshakes and coffees before heading back to the station.

The train line hugs the coast and there are fantastic sea views. The park and ride at Lelant Saltings means you can enjoy the scenic journey and avoid the hassle of parking at peak times.

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