St Austell Bay

Discover St Austell Bay

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.   

Things to do in and around St Austell Bay

  • 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 fascinatin

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South Coast
In a tranquil setting, The Vean nestles in the wooded Porthluney Valley, with stunning views over Caerhays Castle gardens. Its idyllic rural location is less than a mile from Porthluney beach.

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South Coast > St. Austell
A luxury 4 star hotel in a stunning setting overlooking St Austell Bay, on the South Cornwall coast. Fine dining. Beautiful luxury bedrooms. Swimming pools. Luxury spa. 18 hole championship golf course. Over 250 acres of private g

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South Coast
Polkerris Holidays Beside the Sea is a small, family-run static caravan park, which enjoys a relaxed atmosphere and wonderful views of St. Austell Bay. Set in an elevated position, just 120m from Polkerris Beach.

South Coast > St. Austell
Set in a superb rural location with extensive private gardens, three cottages sleeping 4,4,6 people. 10-15 minutes drive from the South and North Coast - Newquay, Charlestown, Fowey, and Eden Project. Walking, log fires, Wi-Fi  

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South Coast
Quality B&B in a listed 17th century Cornish cottage, lovingly restored to provide stylish en suite accommodation. Truro five miles. 

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South Coast > St. Austell
5 star caravan park on south coast of Cornwall, near to Eden Project and the beach. Luxury facilities including toilet/showers, laundry, play areas, swimming pool. Catering for touring caravans, motor caravans and tents.

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South Coast > St. Austell
The Elms B & B is a magnificent Georgian style house dating back to the 1920's, many fine original features, close to Heligan Gardens and the Eden Project. 3 nights for prices of 2 Octotber to March (exc Xmas).

South Coast
Small family park in the Pentewan Valley, near St Austell. Flat level park with touring pitches. Static vans for hire weekly/daily. Free internet. Indoor heated pool. Cycle off road to the beach. Beautiful play area plus lots of little extra facilities.

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