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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. | |

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St Austell map

St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre ¼ mile

Museum and guided brewery tours.
Open M-F 1000-1730, Sat 1000-1600.

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 24/25 from Bus Station to Charlestown Church, just over ¼ mile from harbour. 10 minutes journey, M-S both routes hourly, Sun & BH 24 only every 1½ hours. St Austell PlusBus tickets can be used for this journey. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.

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.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700.
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.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar).
Walking/cycling from station: a leaflet showing walking and cycling routes is available to download from (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. 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.
Bus D5 from Bus Station to entrance, 20 minutes journey, Daily about hourly. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
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.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (1700 Oct-Mar), last admission 1½ hours before closing.
Bus 24 from Bus Station to entrance, 30 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 1½ hours. For bus times see Transport for 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.
Open Mar-Jun, Garden Daily 1000-1630, House MT 1400-1600.
Bus 27/27A from Bus Station to entrance (watch for the signs), 23 minutes journey (about 30 minutes Sun & BH). There are no marked stops but there is space to wait for the return bus on the verge. M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.
Buses also operate from Truro.

Mevagissey by bus

A picturesque fishing village with narrow streets around the harbour.

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 hourly, Sun & BH every 2 hours. For bus times see Transport for Cornwall.

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. Admission free.
Open Easter-Oct, Daily 1100-1600 (1700 Jul-Aug).
Bus see Mevagissey above.

Mevagissey Aquarium, Mevagissey by bus

Local marine wildlife in the old lifeboat house. Admission free.
Open Easter-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
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.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, see website.
Bus see Mevagissey above.

Just Go Holidays
Just Go Holidays
Just Go Holidays