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.
- 1 St Austell railway station. 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.
2 Cornwall Airport (NQY IATA) near Newquay 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, ☎ . St Austell private hire is a minicab business based in St Austell. It has a large fleet of low emission vehicles up to eight seaters. The business servis St Austell station, Duke Street taxi rank, High Cross Street taxi rank, the Eden Project and all of the attractions in mid-Cornwall.
- 1 The Eden Project, Bodelva, PL24 2SG (Frequent buses are available from St Austell railway station (service T9) or a taxi from St Austell would cost around £6.50), ☎ . Daily (except Christmas Eve & Christmas day) 9:30AM to 6PM (last entry at 4:30PM). Dubbed by many 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. Adults £27.50, students £22.50, children aged 5–16 £14, children aged 0–4 free, family (2 adults and 2 children) £71; ~10% off if purchased online at least one day in advance; ~15% if you arrive by bus, cycle or on foot.
- 2 Wheal Martyn, Carthew, ☎ . China clay mining museum.
- 1 Cornish Market World, Stadium Retail Park, Par Moor Rd, PL25 3RP, ☎ . 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.
- 1 Edenview Bed and Breakfast, Carn Gray, PL25 3TB, ☎ , 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.
- 2 Penhale Caravan & Camping Park, Penhale Farm, Fowey, PL23 1JU, ☎ . 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.
- 3 YHA at Eden Project (The 101 bus runs from St Austell train station to the Eden Project during the day - if you are arriving in the evening you can book a taxi to YHA Eden Project. The 101 bus stop is a 15-minute walk away from our hostel.), ☎ . Check-in: 5PM-10PM, check-out: until 10AM. A unique place to stay that is in tune with its sustainable, eco-friendly surroundings. The en suite bedrooms are made from recycled shipping containers and are kitted out with bathrooms, bedding and TVs (towels can be rented for £2). There's a campsite a short walk away where you can pitch your own tent or hire a bell tent in the summer months. Reception tent has self-catering kitchen, WiFi. Continental breakfast £5; pizza £7.50, or nachos available in the evening. Single £30, double £40, triple or quad £50 (€3 discount for YHA members(.