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St Austell

Travel Guide
St Austell featuring signage and a city

This busy market town is a great place for starting your exploration of some of Cornwall’s prettiest beaches. 

St. Austell stands in front of the white peaks of the Cornish Alps, towering clay tips made of excavation waste from the town’s china clay industry. The town’s long history stretches back to the 13th century. Enjoy the golden sand beaches of St. Austell Bay, explore a spectacular town garden and learn about local china clay excavation history.

The Eden Project, set in a former china clay pit, is a remarkable garden representing three climate zones. Plants from temperate zones are outdoors, while plants, insects and birds from other zones are housed in geodesic domes. Climb to the viewing platform above the treetops in the Rainforest Biome and note the fascinating sculptures in the outdoor garden.

Check out the 19th-century St. Austell Market House, which once housed the town’s fire station, town hall and police cells. The building’s timbered roof, made from yellow pine was, at the time it was built, the largest unsupported span of any roof in Britain. During summer, the building houses the St. Austell Town Museum, a small collection dedicated to the town’s history. Look for an early 20th-century Cornish stove from the 1900s, as well as film posters dating back to the building’s brief tenure as a picture house.

Learn more about the town’s history of china clay production in the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. Here, you’ll find a visitor platform overlooking a working china clay pit, as well as nature trails around the museum.

Tour the St. Austell Brewery, which was founded in 1851 by Walter Hicks. Learn about traditional brewing processing and sample St. Austell beers at Hicks Bar after the tour.

Just outside St. Austell are a number of lovely beaches. See the rock pools of popular Porthpean Beach or enjoy watching ducks and wildfowl in the pond at Par Sands.

St. Austell is located close to the east coast of Cornwall, 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Bodmin. Ride the bus or train here from London. If you’re driving, take roads from Exeter or Plymouth.

Pier House
Pier House
3.5 out of 5
Harbour Front, Charlestown, St Austell, England
The price is £155 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in St Austell, this beach bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Charlestown Harbour and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Eden Project. Charlestown Shipwreck and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)
"lovely position, clean rooms, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Pier House
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate
4 out of 5
Pentewan Road, St Austell, England
The price is £230 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in St Austell, this spa hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, St Austell Brewery and Duporth Beach. Charlestown ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (471 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay at The Cornwall - I would definitely go back.. the staff were so friendly & everything was very well managed during the difficulties of restrictions.. It was a shame saying that - that our room looked over an abandoned roof with a generator noise all day & night.. also - vegan ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate
The Llawnroc Hotel
The Llawnroc Hotel
4 out of 5
33 Chute Lane, Gorran Haven, St Austell, England
The price is £176 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Situated by the sea, this romantic hotel is steps away from Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Gorran Haven Beach and Little Perhaver Beach. Great ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (283 reviews)
"Llawnroc is a lovely hotel in a beautiful village in Cornwall. We have stayed there c 10 times in the last 8 years and intend to keep going back. The staff are very friendly and the chef (Simon) produces really good and varied food. There is a view of the sea from several of the bedrooms and from ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

The Llawnroc Hotel
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Caravan The Sterling
Caravan The Sterling
The price is £200 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Situated in St Austell, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Eden Project. Cornwall Football ...
Caravan The Sterling
Trewhiddle Villa 25
Trewhiddle Villa 25
2.5 out of 5
Trewhiddle Park, Pentewan Rd, St Austell, England
Situated in St Austell, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within 3 miles (5 km) of St Austell Brewery and ...
Trewhiddle Villa 25
Antonia's Pearls
Antonia's Pearls
4 out of 5
Charlestown Harbour, St Austell, England
Situated in St Austell, this beach villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Eden Project. Charlestown Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Luxury fittings and wonderful setting. Amazing location."

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Antonia's Pearls
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