St Austell is a town in Cornwall, England. Many travellers are drawn to the area by attractions such as the Eden Project, a large-scale complex that emulates natural environments and houses plant species from around the world. The town is also known as the centre of the Cornish china-clay industry.
The Great Western mainline connects St Austell to London Paddington via principle settlements including Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Reading. Other services are available to Cardiff. These services, along with all local services within Cornwall, are operated by First Great Western. Other trains are operated by CrossCountry Trains (which operate routes to the North of England and Scotland via Bristol and Birmingham). Train services are frequent with roughly one train every half hour in each direction during the week.
St Austell is well connected by road. St Austell is joined to Cornwall's main road, the A30, by the A391 and to Truro by the A390 (westbound) and to Liskeard (and onwards to Plymouth) by the A390 and then the A38 (eastbound). To Newquay, the A3058 leaves St Austell in a North-Westerly direction.
Newquay International Airport is around half an hour by car away (or around £25 taxi fare). Newquay Airport is serves destinations including London (Gatwick & Stanstead), Dublin, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff.
The vast majority of National Express coach services stop at St Austell Railway Station, destinations include London and Penzance.
- St Austell Private Hire, ☎ +44 800 32 88 040. St Austell private hire is a minicab business based in St Austell. Cornwall. It has a large fleet of low emission vehicles up to eight seaters. The business services St Austell station, Duke Street taxi rank, High cross street taxi rank, The Eden Project and all of the attractions in mid Cornwall.http://home.btconnect.com/CCTaxis/taxis_in_st_austell.htm.
- The Eden Project (Frequent buses are available from St Austell railway station (service T9) or a taxi from St Austell would cost around £6.50). Open Every day all year except Christmas Eve & Christmas day, 9AM to 6PM (Last entry at 4:30PM). Dubbed by many as The Eighth Wonder of the World, Eden is well worth a visit if you don't mind the theme park atmosphere. A fabulous collection of flora from all over the planet housed in two 'space age' transparent domes.
- Caerhays Castle, Caerhays Estate, Caerhays, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY. The gardens are open daily from the 17th February 2014 until 15th June 2014. 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm) The castle is open for guided tours from the 17th March 2014 until the 13th June 2014. Monday to Friday only, including bank holidays. Tour times: 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Garden admission: £8.00 for adults, £7.00 for seniors, £4.00 for children 5 - 16 years old, free for children under 5. Castle tour costs the same. A combined ticket for both costs £13.00 for adults, £12.00 for seniors, £6.00 for children 5 - 16, and is free for children under 5..
St Austell Cornish World is a unique visitor attraction combining shopping and leisure for a great family day out. Here you can browse and shop at Cornish Market World while the children play at Kidzworld, Charlie's offers fun for young adults and The Kids' Academy is an Ofsted approved nursery, pre-school and holiday club.
Whilst visiting St Austell and the Eden project there are many places to stay.
- Edenview Bed and Breakfast, ☎ +44 1726 852061, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the closest bed and breakfasts to the Eden Project. This Eden project accommodation enjoys superb views of St Austell Bay and the surrounding countryside. The Truronian Eden branchline bus (T9) commutes past this B&B on its way to and from the Eden Project. http://homepages.tesco.net/eden-project/index.htm
- Camping near the Eden Project. At Penhale Caravan & Camping Park. Close to the Eden Project this Eden project campsite and caravan park offers beautiful sea views and the surrounding countryside. There are regular busses to the eden project. Tickets can be bought from the campsite to avoid queuing at the Eden Project.