St. Ives is one of Britain's best loved resorts thanks to its quaint town and selection of beautiful, safe beaches. Right in the southwest of England in the county of Cornwall, this former fishing village has a similar story as many other beach town in the country in terms of its origins. In the late 19th century, with the appetite for wealthy Victorians to travel, a train line was built to St. Ives and ever since it has been a favourite 'staycation' destination. There are so many beaches to choose from in this part of the world, the most popular being Porthmeor which has all the facilities you could want for a family beach. Others include Lambeth Walk, which is the only fully dog-friendly beach, St. Ives Harbour Beach, Porthminster and Carbis, both of which are sheltered and so great for families. Nearby Hayle also has several sandy beaches. But St. Ives is not all about the beaches, it is one of the most artsy towns in the country, with a strong modernist legacy. The best place to learn about this history is by visiting the Tate, founded in 1993 on the site of the former gas works. Also managed by Tate is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden which houses the work of the famous artist. Pottery is also an important part of the town's history and it is still possible to visit Bernard Leach Pottery, founded in the 1920s by Leach and the Japanese artist Shoji Hamada.