The Eden Project
Renowned for its proximity to the Eden Project, St Austell is an increasingly popular holiday destination. Home to independent shops, quaint cafes and outstanding eateries, the town centre is a hub for this spectacular stretch of coast.
The Eden Project is undoubtedly a key aspect of visiting St Austell. Roam through the other-worldly eco domes and discover the fascinating flora and fauna housed here. If you’re a film buff, you’ll be pleased to know the Eden Project was used in the filming of Bond epic Die Another Day.
Close to St Austell is the famous Charlestown Harbour. Recently in the spotlight for the hit BBC adaptation of Poldark, Charlestown will take you back in time with its historic streets, ships and old maritime feel. Nearby, the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must-see. Set over 200 acres, these historic gardens were previously unknown and unseen. Just 25 years ago, the beautiful gardens were restored and are now open to explore. Nearby you will find Charlestown harbour
If you’re looking to spend a day on the beach, the town is ideally situated near the beaches of Porthpean, Duporth, Charlestown, Pentewan and Carlyon. Walkers will enjoy St Austell’s prime location close to the Clay Trails . With routes including a 2-mile circular route and a 5-mile walk from the Eden Project to Wheal Martyn, there are walks to suit all abilities.
Cornwall is renowned for its outstanding local breweries, creating specialist ales and ciders. St Austell Brewery supplies over 150 pubs and eateries with sumptuous ales. Be sure to sample a delicious pint on your visit.
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in St Austell. With gastropubs, seafood restaurants and cosy tea rooms to try, you’ll be able to sample some traditional Cornish fare. The Polgooth Inn offers a blend of Cornish cuisine with infused dishes, such as smoked mackerel, brandy and dill pate or the classic Fowey mussels. For cheese lovers, try the Polgooth Inn Ploughman’s, served with a selection of tasty local cheeses.
“Set in an idyllic location just one mile from the coast, St Austell a charming old market town.”
A worthwhile 20-minute trip to nearby Polkerris will take you to Sams On The Beach . Perfect for both seafood and pizza lovers, the menu includes iconic dishes such as scallops and black sausage with smoked bacon and goat’s cheese or smoky stone baked pizzas. For a light bite or a tasty homemade cake, pop into the Cobwebs Tea Shop.