Things to do in and around St Austell
by Mark Harris - Dec 2019
The beautiful, bustling market town of St Austell is only a few miles from the coast and is home to some of the most exciting attractions that Cornwall has to offer. One of the largest towns in the county, you’ll find a fantastic mix of quality restaurants, intriguing heritage and glorious, sandy beaches - right on your doorstep!
Between learning about the town’s china clay industry and enjoying the stunning coastline, there are tons of great activities, sights, and restaurants to enjoy here. So to help you plan your trip, here is our pick of the top things to do, in and around St Austell - enjoy!
Where to eat and drink in St Austell
Moustache Jacks: Think juicy burgers, crispy chips, indulgent milkshakes and cheeky cocktails - Moustache Jack’s is a great place for a family meal or a few chilled-out drinks with your friends.
Edie’s Kitchen: Looking to treat the family to an extra special meal? Head to Edie’s Kitchen. It’s run by acclaimed chef, Nigel Brown, who produces food which really packs a punch - mouthwatering, unique dishes which are only made with seasonal, fresh ingredients.
Polgooth Inn: If you’re looking for a classic Cornish pub, the Polgooth Inn is for you. Set in a rural valley, it boasts beautiful surroundings, quality wines and ales, lunchtime bites and tasty dinners - what more could you need?
St Austell Brewery: This isn’t just a place to grab a pint, but a day out in itself! The area is world famous for the ales and beers produced at St Austell Brewery, so checking out their interactive brewing experience - complete with tasters - is a must.
Where to stay in and around St Austell
Carlyon Bay Hotel: This luxurious hotel is the ultimate St Austell getaway for those looking to splash out. Carlyon Bay Hotel overlooks the lovely St Austell Bay and has 250 acres of private grounds as well as a spa and golf course - go on, treat yourself!
YHA: On a budget? Head to YHA. The ensuite hostel bedrooms have been created from recycled shipping containers, complete with a high-spec bathroom. There are also wild camping and bell tents for rent for those looking to get up close and personal with nature!
Broad Meadow House: Great location, amazing views and spacious tent pitches - Broad Meadow House has it all! You might even spot basking sharks or grey seals in the bay as you relax on this family-friendly campsite.
(See our page about places to stay near the Eden Project)
What to do in and around St Austell
Eden Project: The Eden Project has been dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World - and it’s not hard to see why! This humongous (literally - it’s the size of 30 football pitches!) tropical garden, built in former China Clay pits, allows you to travel around the world without even leaving Cornwall.
Charlestown: The historic port of Charlestown was originally a tiny fishing village and grew as a result of the China Clay industry. Still a working port, it is often used as a film location. Roll up all you Poldark fans. And while you're there why not visit...
Shipwreck Centre: It’s time for a shipwreck fact - did you know there are more than a quarter of a million shipwrecks around the coasts of Britain alone? The Shipwreck Centre showcases historical artefacts and incredible photography, bringing spooky, intriguing and terrifying stories of the sea to life.
Oh, and Hangloose Adventure is only a 3 miles away from St Austell!