The Malakoff Garden in St Ives possibly has the best view in town. It sits high above the train station and harbour and looks out across the town and the bay, over to Godrevy Lighthouse.
It is beautifully planted, with lots of lovely benches to sit on and contemplate the view.
Epidauros II - The Sculpture With A View
There is a wonderful Barbara Hepworth statue there, overlooking Porthminster Beach called "Epidauros II".
Barbara Hepworth created this bronze sculpture in 1961, and it is one of 7. The position for the Epidauros sculpture was carefully considered when it was placed in its present location by Hepworth herself, it was placed there on loan. This loan has caused some controversy in recent years, but thankfully the sculpture still remains in it's spectacular position, for everyone to enjoy.
Why Is It Named The Malakoff?
The Battle of Malakoff was a conflict during the Crimean War in 1855. The Anglo-French troops won this significant battle, and, as a result of lots of press coverage, the name Malakoff was used for lots of towers and lookouts across Western Europe. As far as I can tell, there was no direct involvement of soliders from St Ives in the battle - someone please do correct me if I'm wrong!
The Malakoff Bus Station
The buses in and out of St Ives stop at The Malakoff. The station is actually on top of a privately owned building (which had to have a lot of work done to it, to stop it from collapsing). You can catch buses to Penzance, Hayle and Truro, as well as the open top bus from St Ives to Land's end from here.
The Malakoff Building
No doubt you will have seen the very unusual looking white building which overlooks the harbour at The Malakoff. This used to be a car park, but has been altered over the years for different uses, none of them seemingly successful. I believe it has recently been sold and the hopes is that it will soon become something useful and interesting!
Map Showing The Malakoff In St Ives
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