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
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.