Thursday, 21 September 2017

St Austell Travel Guide

The Cornish town of St Austell draws many tourists from across the U.K. every year due to its proximity to Truro and Newquay and attractions like the Eden Project. What many visitors don’t realise, however, is that St Austell was historically a bustling market town and the centre of Cornwall’s China clay industry. But there’s so much more to see.

St Austell is well connected to many public transport routes including flights landing at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, which is around 30 minutes away by car. The most convenient way to reach St Austell is by rail as regular services between the town and London Padding run on the Great Western mainline. 

Principal stations serviced by this route include Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, and Reading. Virgin’s trains also service St Austell on lines connecting Cornwall to the Midlands (Bristol and Birmingham), Northern England, and Scotland. Train services also run frequently with approximately two trains an hour each way during peak travel times. The Trainline’s website is a good place to find advance ticket deals and special offers, and you can also access up-to-date timetables for each service operator. St Austell can also be reached by coach; the National Express runs services that stop at the railway between London and Penzance.

If you’re travelling long-distance to reach St Austell, don’t forget to pack your mobile phone charger as there are a number of interesting, free-to-play mobile apps that you can download to take the place of traditional travel games. A freemium release in the Final Fantasy series — Brave Exvius — is entertaining to play with its simple but clever gameplay that requires lots of critical thinking. Or if you’d rather play something a little more strategic, then the PokerStars’ free casino app, with games like Millionaire Island, could be more your thing.

St Austell also has a great range of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets. On the self-catering side, there are a variety of cottages and campsites including the rural Glenleigh Cottage and the Higher Kestle Farm Campsite. And while there are a plenty of bed and breakfasts in the town, the recently refurbished Waterwheel Inn is amongst the highest rated thanks to its calm and tranquil gardens and location. More budget-friendly but still rated highly are the Duke of Cornwall and the Royal Inn. If you’re on the lookout for something more glamourous, St Austell has numerous luxury hotels and guest houses, too, such as the beautiful Langdale House. Converted into a guest house in 2011, this former manor house is located next to the coastal port of Charlestown.

There’s plenty to do and see around the town itself including, of course, a visit to the Eden Project with its astounding collection of plants and flora from all over the world. Take the T9 bus from the St Austell railway station and see this British “eighth wonder of the world” for yourself. Also within easy reach is the Caerhays Castle in Gorran. With its beautiful magnolia-filled gardens and fortified manor house structure dating as far back as the Middle Ages, this can be a great day trip for you and your travel companions. Harkening back to St Austell’s past as a market town, Cornish World is a unique attraction comprising of an extensive marketplace while the other aptly named attraction is a must-see specially designed leisure park for little visitors.

A trip to St Austell, whether passing through with an overnight stay or a week-long vacation, can be enjoyed by people of all ages for fun or romance. Though the gorgeous scenery surrounding the town deserves to be explored, it’s also the perfect place to experience the South Coast of Cornwall. So, make plans to visit this unique town the next time you’re in the area.
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