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St Austell

National Rail | station code SAU

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A busy market town, St Austell is the centre of the china clay industry and many white spoil heaps can be seen in the area. The Bus Station is conveniently adjacent to the Rail Station.

TI St Austell Market House (also at station). Tel. 01726 879500.

www.staustelltown.co.uk | www.staustellbay.co.uk | www.claytrails.co.uk

The National Trust has many holiday cottages in Cornwall: National Trust Holidays

St Austell map

St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre ¼ mile

Museum and guided brewery tours. Tel. 01726 66022.
Discount for visitors arriving by public transport.
Open M-F 1000-1730, Sat 1000-1600.
www.staustellbrewery.co.uk

Charlestown 1½ miles or by bus

The picturesque village and port of Charlestown retains its late Georgian character. The harbour was built in the 18th century for the fishing and china clay trades, today it is home to a fleet of square-rigged sailing ships and one or more can usually be seen in the Harbour.
Bus 24 from Bus Station to Charlestown Church, just over ¼ mile from harbour. 10 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by First.

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre 1½ miles or by bus

The Centre is part of a huge complex of buildings and tunnels once used for the handling of china clay. It covers the history of diving, salvage and shipwrecks with many relics from sunken ships. Tel. 01726 69897.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
www.shipwreckcharlestown.com
Bus see Charlestown above.

Wheal Martyn (China Clay Museum) Carthew, 2¼ miles

Discover the story of Cornwall's china clay industry at the Museum by the St Austell river in a valley which contained several china clay works. View into working pit. Historic and nature trails around the site. Woodland walks, large waterwheel, Victorian clay works, play area. Cafe. Tel. 01726 850362.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-mid Dec, Daily 1000-1600. Feb-Mar, MTWThFSu 1000-1600.
www.wheal-martyn.com
Walking/cycling from station: a leaflet showing walking and cycling routes is available to download from www.claytrails.co.uk (look for 'Green Corridor').

Eden Project by bus

Visitors can explore their relationship with nature in the biomes (huge greenhouses) and gardens. The world's largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls. Garden displays, sculpture and art. Education centre with hands-on exhibits. Play areas. Zip wire. Cafés and restaurants. Tel. 01726 811972. Discount for visitors arriving by public transport.
Open Daily 1000-1600 (later in summer), last entry 1½ hours before closing. Occasional closures in winter, please check website.
www.edenproject.com
Bus 101 from Bus Station to entrance, 20 minutes journey, Daily about hourly. Operated by First.
The Eden Project is 2½ miles from Luxulyan and 2¼ miles from Par.

National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Lost Gardens of Heligan by bus

Derelict gardens and pleasure grounds re-discovered in 1990 and restored to their former glory. National Collection of camellias and rhododendrons. Sub-tropical jungle in steep-sided south facing valley. Restored working gardens growing mostly heritage fruit and vegetables. Ancient woodland, parkland, pastures and meadows in the wider estate. Tearooms. Tel. 01726 845100.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct-Mar), last admission 1½ hours before closing.
www.heligan.com
Bus 471 from Bus Station to entrance, about 35 minutes journey, M-S infrequent but extra journeys M-F during school summer holiday. Operated by Travel Cornwall.

Trewithen by bus

Gardens with champion trees, rare shrubs, exotic ferns, woodland glades, roses, camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas. The elegant 18th century House is open for guided tours. Tearoom. Tel. 01726 883794.
Open Mar-Jun, Garden Daily 1000-1630, House MT 1400-1600.
www.trewithengardens.co.uk
Bus 27 from Bus Station to entrance (on left) a few minutes after Grampound, watch for the signs, about 25 minutes journey. There are no marked stops but there is space to wait for the return bus on the verge. M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 2 hours. Operated by First.
Buses also operate from Truro.

Mevagissey by bus

A picturesque fishing village with narrow streets around the harbour.

www.mevagissey-info.com | www.mevagissey.net

Bus 24 from Bus Station, about 20 minutes journey. It is a short walk downhill from the bus stop to the village centre around the harbour. M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by First.

Mevagissey map

Mevagissey Museum, Mevagissey by bus

Local history with boat models and photographs in a building dating from 1745 which was part of a boat builder's yard. Tel. 01726 843568. Admission free.
Open Easter-Oct, Daily 1100-1600 (1700 Jul-Aug).
www.mevagisseymuseum.co.uk
Bus see Mevagissey above.

Mevagissey Aquarium, Mevagissey by bus

Local marine wildlife in the old lifeboat house. Tel. 01726 843305. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700.
www.mevagisseyharbour.co.uk
Bus see Mevagissey above.

World of Model Railways, Mevagissey by bus

The OO gauge main layout has over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes. N scale layout. Childrens' railway with Thomas the Tank Engine and model circus. Indoor garden railway. Tel. 01726 842457.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1200-1600.
www.model-railway.co.uk
Bus see Mevagissey above.