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St Austell is one of Cornwall's largest towns and the local area is a major source of China Clay which is exported all over the world. So don't be surprised to see spoil heaps shaped like little white mountains, and clay pits. China clay, or Kao-Lin, was discovered by William Cookworthy in the 18th century and it is used in the production of porcelain, medicines, and paper. It is said that the china clay pits have no bottom, probably not true but that gives some idea of the size of the pits.

St Austell's history is reflected in its buildings, and John Hoge, inventor of the fire engine was born here. Market House, built 1791, and the Holy Trinity church, as well as the Quaker Meeting Room, built in 1829, are some of the old buildings in the town to look at when you visit. See if you can find the flat stone called The Menagew Stone in Fore Street.

There are plenty of shops, mainly in the more recently developed White River Place, which is a pedestrian precinct. There is a cinema, ten pin bowling, and other things to do in the evening.

Don't forget to visit Charlestown, and the Eden Project is very close, only 7 miles away. You can take the bus to get to Eden Project form the bus station, which is right next to the railway station, or walk there along the old mineral tram route. One other local attraction is, of course, the St Austell Brewery.

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Tourist Attractions in and near St Austell to Visit

Activities

Activities

St Austell Brewery The local brewery has been brewing since 1851.

World Of Model Railways 5.0 miles See all the trains at this famous attraction.

Gardens

Gardens

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens A 30 acre garden to enjoy.

Lost Gardens Of Heligan Gardens now restored to their former glory.

Museums

Museums

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre Quay Road

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum All about china clay plus a Country Park.

Mevagissey Museum 4.9 miles Mevagissay's local museum.

Outdoors

Out & About

Charlestown A working port.

Menacuddle Holy Well A small local beauty spot.

Black Head See the coastal Iron Age earthworks.

Luxulyan 3.5 miles Visit Luxulyan

Gribbin Head 4.7 miles For coastal walks.

Days Out around St Austell.

Explore the South Cornwall coast, with its dramatic cliffs and fishing villages, Mevagissey is a good starting point, then follow the coast around to the village of St Mawes.

Towns Near St Austell To Visit - straight line distance:

Mevagissey (4.89 miles) Fowey (6.00 miles) Lostwithiel (6.50 miles) Probus (8.58 miles)
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How to get to St Austell
St Austell, A3058 via A39 from the A30, or the A391 from A30. From Truro use the A39/A390 route.

St Austell Tourist Information Centre

  • By Pass Service Station
    Southbourne Road
    St Austell
    PL25 4RS
    Tel: 01726 879500
    Email: tic@cornish-riviera.co.uk
Hotels
The Carlyon Bay Hotel
Sea Road St Austell PL25 3RD

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BEST WESTERN Cliff Head Hotel
Sea Road, Carlyon Bay St Austell PL25 3RB

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The Bugle Inn
57 Fore Street St Austell PL26 8PB

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
The Gables Guest House
1 Edgcumbe Rd St Austell PL255DU

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Lower Barns Guest House
Lower Barn, Bosue, St.Ewe, St. Austell, Cornwall St Austell PL26 6EU

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Rashleigh Arms
Charlestown Road St Austell PL25 3NJ

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Holiday Cottages
Riverside
Roche near St Austell PL26 8LA
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Coachmans Cottage
Pentewan near St Austell PL26 6DJ
Sleeps 4
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Chapel Green
Polgooth near St Austell PL26 7BN
Sleeps 10
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St Austell Weather
Friday 27th March
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