Guides | St. Austell
St. Austell Tourist Information
St. Austell Guide and History
St. Austell, previously just a small cluster of houses, was utterly transformed when the chemist, William Cookworthy discovered huge reserves of china clay in the mid-eighteenth century. By the 1850s, some 7,000 men, women and children were employed here in the burgeoning clay industry, drastically expanding the town.
St. Austell China Clay
The town still carries the industrial scars, especially in the form of the vast clay tips, but the local council is working hard to transform them into grassy hills, which could cause them to become an attraction in their own right. Not to be missed is the clay pit that now houses the world famous Eden Project, certainly an ingenious use of what could have been an eyesore.
Charlestown almost feels as if time has stopped, it is so well preserved. Yet, it does not come across as stayed or stilted. Although small, there is a great deal crammed into the small harbour and town.
St. Austell Events
'Fly by Night' Zipwire Challenge
2nd November 2013
St. Austell Accommodation
Accommodation in St. Austell and surrounding area is plentiful, especially along the coast. Carlyon Bay, a little further along from Charlestown, is full of hotels and guest houses of all standards.
Entertainment and Eating Out Guide
Eating out in St. Austell is catered for by the restaurants and cafes open throughout the town, providing good food all day, and of course, brilliant Cornish pasty shops can also be found. Nearby, Charlestown and London Apprentice have good places to eat as well.
Days out in St. Austell
Entertainment in St. Austell is varied, and offers good days out for families, like the famous Eden Project and the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre. There is a good cinema with a few screens in St. Austell town centre, and an arts theatre. Nearby villages have live music, bars and take-aways.
St. Austell offers an array of good shops. Like most of Cornwall it holds a few surf shops, lots of arts and crafts shops, a gallery and museum. Shopping in St. Austell provides the usual clothes shops and also everyday supermarkets for stocking up, if you are in self catering accommodation.
Charlestown has limited shopping, but what is there fits the setting perfectly. Crafts shops, galleries and gift shops line the road down to the wonderful harbour, used often in period dramas.
St. Austell Beach and Surf Guide
There are several good beaches nearby St. Austell. First is Porthpean, a popular sandy beach that gets very busy in the late summer. When the conditions are right, Porthpean can produce some swell but most of the time it is flat and produces no surfable waves.
Buses run regularly to and from St. Austell and Charlestown, there is also a train station in St. Austell.
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