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Tate St Ives

Ticket or membership card required

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–17.20

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG
Stairs leading up to the large curved building entrance of Tate St Ives
Lots of people on the beach in St Ives with the town and the sea in the background

Uncover captivating stories of art on the Cornish Coast

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Tate St Ives showcases work by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Marlow Moss, Naum Gabo and Patrick Heron, whose captivating works have brought international attention to St Ives and West Cornwall. Alongside displays from the Tate collection, the gallery presents modern and contemporary art from around the world through a dynamic exhibitions programme.

Admission information

Entry details

Admission price includes Beatriz Milhazes: Maresias, Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals and our Modern Conversations displays.

  • £13.50 with donation, £12.00 without donation
  • £12.50 with donation, £11.00 without donation for concessions

Tickets are limited and we encourage advanced booking. A limited number of tickets are available on the door.

  • Members and Locals Pass holders enjoy unlimited free entry with no need to book, simply bring along your card.
  • Entry is free for visitors aged 18 and under.

For more information see our Booking and Ticketing FAQs.

Group rates are available for groups of ten or more people when booked in advance. Find out more on our Group Visits page.

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–17.20

Last entry 17.00

What's On

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Getting Here

Address

Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG

Directions

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:

or call 08457 000 125

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. Parking can be difficult especially in peak season, so please plan ahead and consider using the park and ride or shuttle bus services below.

A shuttle bus service runs throughout the year between the and the town centre, which is a five minute walk from Tate St Ives. Call St Ives Tourist Information on +44 (0)1736 796297 for details.

A park and ride service operates from St Erth train station, offering a scenic 10 minute journey into St Ives on the St Ives bay line. .

The nearest airport is in Newquay, the regional commercial airport for Cornwall.

Visiting tips

In St Ives

Accessibility

Accessible car parking

Tate St Ives

We have one parking bay in Barnoon car park for blue badge holders and people with mobility issues. The parking space is free with your gallery ticket. Please book your ticket and parking space at least 24 hours in advance.

To book call +44 (0)1736 791177.

Once you have parked, you will enter via the Staff Entrance across the level terrace, approximately 10 metres from the parking space. From here, staff will facilitate your access to the gallery but may not be able to accompany you in the lift to the gallery level.

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

Three wheelchairs are available to reserve for free. Bookings should be made at least 24 hours before visiting.

To book call +44 (0)1736 791 177

Our passenger lift can accommodate wheelchairs with a width of no more than 80cm and a length of no more than 140cm. If you are using a chair of greater size please contact us and we can support an alternative route to our galleries.

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Entrances

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.

Toilets

A fully accessible toilet is located close to Gallery 1. It has a height-adjustable changing bench and hoist. There is another accessible toilet 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.

Lift

The lifts at Tate St Ives are suitable for wheelchair users. They give access to all floors at the gallery. If you are using a wheelchair with a width greater than 80cm please contact us and we can support an alternative route to our galleries.

Cloakroom

Coat hooks can be used for free or there are coin-operated lockers at our entrance. Bags and items larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) are not permitted in the building.

Seating

There are seating places in the galleries and foyers. Folding stools and chairs are available for use at any time.

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

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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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Autism

To help plan your visit to Tate St Ives, have a look at our visual story. It includes photographs and information of what you can expect from a visit to the gallery.

When you get to the gallery, ear defenders can be borrowed from the information desk. An enhanced cleaning regime is in place.

Loud noises, flashing lights, smoke effects, and strobe lighting feature in some artworks.

For more information before your visit contact us on:

Our phone line supports the use of speech recognition apps

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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.

Guide dogs

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

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

Available daily at Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Advance booking essential. An opportunity for blind or partially sighted visitors to touch selected sculptures from Tate Collection displays. Accompanied by a Touch Tour Guide, and wearing sculpture conservation gloves, participants are supported to touch and discuss the composition, materials, and histories of selected artworks on display in Modern Conversations at Tate St Ives, and at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

To book a Touch Tour please contact us on:

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Deaf and hard of hearing 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 is offered where possible. View upcoming access events at Tate St Ives.

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Concessionary admission

The concessions rate applies to students and disabled visitors (companion is free).

£5 tickets are available for recipients of Universal or Pension Credit.

Visitors aged 18 and under can enter the galleries for free with a ticket.

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Communication cards

Communication cards provide a means of visual, or nonverbal, communication.

You can use our communication cards to ask for directions to facilities in the gallery. These include toilet, café, seating, shop, quiet room, and exit. Show one of the cards to a member of Tate staff if you need to be shown to one of these places.

You can download these cards and print at home or save as a PDF on your portable device. There are two colour versions, with white or yellow background. Use whichever version you find easiest to read.

Tate is grateful to Anna Farley who initiated and championed the development of these communication cards. Anna is an autistic artist who makes work exploring her autism, UK disability culture and inclusion.

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Website

Please find the accessibility statement for our website here

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Contact us

For:

  • general information to plan your visit
  • 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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