Top Things to See & Do When Visiting St Austell

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Less than two miles from our hotel in Tregorrick is St. Austell. Famous for beaches, beer, mining and shipping, there’s an abundance of things to keep you busy in this historic market town.

Here are a few of our favourite activities to add to your itinerary when holidaying in the Cornish Riviera.

Hit the Beach

There are over 300 beaches dotted around Cornwall’s spectacular coastline and several are within easy reach of St. Austell. From sunbathing and rock pooling to swimming and surfing, you’ll find entertainment for everyone.

kids jumping waves on the beach

Have fun spotting nesting birds and exploring tidal pools at Porthpean Beach. Try your hand at surfing, sea kayaking and other watersports at Pentewan Beach.

Delve Into Local History

Want to inject some Cornish culture into your holiday? At Wheal Martyn Clay Works you can learn about Victorian-era china clay mining while browsing displays of mining tools and machinery. There’s even a dog-friendly heritage trail teeming with birds, butterflies and exciting activities for kids.

Head to the historic port of Charlestown, which fans of Poldark will recognise as the setting for Truro Harbour. Here the Shipwreck Treasure Museum has artefacts salvaged from over 150 shipwrecks, including the Titanic.

Visit the Eden Project

No visit to the region is complete without seeing the plant-filled biomes of the Eden Project. From the displays of exotic worldwide flora to hands-on activities, the attraction teaches us about our relationship with the living world. It’s also home to England’s longest zip wire, a rainforest canopy walkway and kids' play areas.

Eden Project St Austell Cornwall

There are summertime concerts and an annual World Pasty Championships, too. A great day out for all ages.

Tour Pretty Gardens

Cornwall’s temperate climate allows the county’s gardens to flourish all year round. Be sure to check out The Lost Gardens of Heligan, a 200 acre paradise of pleasure gardens, flower displays, hedge sculptures and wildlife-rich woodland. It’s hard to believe that just 30 years ago the gardens were overgrown, following neglect after the outbreak of World War I. But today, after a heroic restoration, the gardens are some of the very best in the region.

With more than 6,000 plant types, Pinetum Gardens is another treat for nature lovers. The cream teas at the gardens’s café are worth the visit alone.

Walk the South West Coast Path

Walkers are as ubiquitous as fishermen and surfers in Cornwall and on any given day you can spot people rambling along cliff-top trails. Some 300 of the 630 miles that make up the South West Coast Path pass through Cornish territory.

The path’s website lists dozens of walks for all fitness levels and interests. We recommend walking from Mevagissey to Charlestown via the Pentewan Valley and Black Head promontory. Kings Woods, also in the Pentewan Valley, is another wonderful place to stretch your legs.

Get On Your Bike

If your idea of adventure is pedal power then you are in the right place. The Pentewan Valley Trail follows the course of an old railway line from the centre of St. Austell to Pentewan harbour. The easy route is ideal for children and seasoned cyclists and is open to walkers and horse riders as well.

cyclist on trail in sunshine

From Pentewan you can easily link up with the Cornish Way cycle route for more discoveries.

Take a Brewery Tour

Korev, Proper Job, Tribute; these names will likely be familiar among beer connoisseurs. And they are all brewed right here at the St. Austell Brewery. Enjoy an afternoon learning about the history of this Victorian brewery and sampling a selection of brews. Then experience the warm atmosphere at the brewery-owned pubs located in town.

Get in touch with us at The Cornwall for more activity ideas in and around the area. Or simply stay in the Hotel or one of our Woodland Lodges and enjoy free access to all leisure and spa facilities, including heated infinity pool, sauna, steam room ad gym

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