The curve of St Austell Bay with its many sandy beaches is a haven for watersports and family holidays. The area is also fantastic for walking and cycling with many woodlands and trails. The white peaks of the China Clay industry overlook the market town of St Austell, Cornwall’s largest town dating back to the 13th century. St Austell town is situated about a mile from the coast. Walk along Fore Street and you reach the historic core of the town to discover the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianate facade of the Market House. The shopping centre in the town centre has a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops. Nearby is the beautiful Georgian village of Charlestown and the popular fishing village of Mevagissey. Local attractions include the world-famous Eden Project and Heligan Gardens.
The Eden Project. Now one of the most famous attractions in the world, a visit to Cornwall would not be complete without walking through the tropical biome in wonder at the amazing plants that tower above you
Pop into the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre near the main railway station. It’s an interactive museum telling the story of the pubs, beers, wines and spirits of Cornwall and the families who created them
At the Georgian village of Charlestown a mile away visit the Charlestown Shipwreck Centre packed to the gunnels with historical artefacts relating to HMS Victory, Titanic, smugglers and pirates making it the largest private collection of its type on public display in Europe
Learn all about the china clay industry at Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park an excellent open air museum dedicated to the area’s all-encompassing industry. Apart from displays of bygone work practices, you can see the breathtakingly massive modern working pits that use high-pressure hoses to blast the clay from the ground
Pinetum Park on the outskirts of the town is packed with exotic plants that grown in a unique microclimate. Painstakingly cultivated by ray and Shirley Clemo and planted out with seeds brought pack from their travels across the world, Pine Lodge is a gardener’s paradise
For older kids and teens Kidzworld and Cornish Market World complex is a covered outdoor leisure area with full size dodgems, mini-golf, foam shooters, pool tables, arcade games, table tennis and lots more
Get some lucky strikes at the 8 lane at Ozzell Tenpin Bowling near the town centre. Open 12 hours a day during school holidays
There is a cycle/walking path that takes the old mineral tram route from the town centre all the way to the Eden Project just under 7 miles away. On route you’ll pass a bizarre landscape of disused china clay pits, bright white walls and luminous turquoise water. It’s all looks a bit lunar is quite fascinating.
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