Photo: Graham Rogers

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a fascinating memorial that delves into the life and work of one of Britain’s most important sculptors of the 20th century. Opened in 1976 by her family, the museum and gardens contain her largest body of work. The studio and grounds are preserved much as Hepworth left them before her death, with her favourite pieces scattered throughout the garden to create an incomparable atmosphere. Hepworth indented for her studio to be turned into a museum after her death, and thus the garden and her studio look as if she has just stepped out for a cup of tea and will return at any minute. In addition to the sculptures that inhabit the space, there are also several unfinished pieces of stone, which will give any visitor great delight in imagining what these pieces could have been.

Enter into the stone-built house in St. Ives to explore the wonderful studio that Hepworth created. Admire the sculptures or explore the garden, which is beautifully kept and a delight for all. Pieces in stone, wood, and bronze are displayed in the garden and Trewyn Studio. There are also drawings and archive material to give visitors a profound insight into Barbara Hepworth’s life and work. You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate this gorgeous space.

Younger children will enjoy investigating the Hepworth Family Activity Trail, which guides children through the magical environment of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. This is a perfect place to spend an afternoon on your trip through St. Ives or for a day out. You can even combine it with a visit to Tate St. Ives! Everyone will enjoy the art and the gardens, which are ideal for a sunny weekend in the countryside.


Barnoon Hill, St Ives TR26 1AD
Tel: +44 (0)1736 796 226
Times: March–October: 10.00–17.20, every day
November–February: 10.00–16.20, Tuesday–Sunday