St. Austell is a town located in the South West of England. This is the largest town in the county of Cornwall and lies in the South of the county. The town has a population of just over twenty two thousand people and it can often get quite busy in the summer months as this is a popular area for tourists to come and visit. The town used to benefit from the local tin, clay and copper mines and there is still evidence of the industry in the area around the town.
If you are wanting to stay in St. Austell there are quite a few hotels to choose from. Some of the more upmarket ones include The Cornwall Hotel and Boscundle Manor. These both have very good reputations for a high standard of rooms, facilities and service. There is also a Premier Inn in the town which is good for cheap rooms and a decent standard. There are also plenty of smaller bed and breakfasts and guesthouses available. Many people who visit this area choose to stay in privately owned holiday homes. There are great if you are looking for self catering accommodation. There are also a few good caravan sites in the area which provide a good cheap alterative to staying in a hotel.
The town of St. Austell has in recent times start to rely more on the tourism industry. Because of this there are quite a few nice little shops to explore in the town. There are practical shops but there are also shops selling local arts and crafts, souvenirs from the area and lots of interesting gifts. There are also a few very good book shops which are interesting to browse round. The town also has a few nice little pubs, one of the more noticeable ones is The Stag Inn which often has live music on and always has a very good atmosphere.
There are many excellent tourist attractions in this area. The Eden Project is one of the most spectacular attractions in Cornwall and is home to the worlds largest greenhouse. You can easily spend a day here enjoying the gardens and wildlife. They also sometimes have special events on such as concerts and other performances. There is also the wild and rugged coastline of Cornwall to explore, there are some brilliant beaches many of which attract surfers from all over the country. There are also some large resort towns such as Newquay, St. Ives and Penzance all of which have plenty going on and plenty to enjoy.
Despite the fact that St. Austell is the biggest town in Cornwall it often gets overlooked by visitors. However there is plenty to do and see both in the town itself and also in the surrounding area. This really is a town that has plenty to offer anyone visiting. Next time you are down in Cornwall go and give St. Austell a visit.
St Austell is a very small town, but is a good base for a short visit to Cornwall's many attractions. The town itself boasts the main Hight Street shops such as WH Smiths, Boots, Tesco, Superdrug, Burtons, the major Banks as well as a 5 screen cinema, 10 pin bowling alley, a working Brewery, take aways, pubs and cafes. The town lacks any non-pub night life such as restaurants, but the food served in the local pubs is excellent and inexpensive. The White Heart Hotel restaurant is not now recommended by some locals as it has recently changed ownership/management and is allegedly attempting to provide services on the cheap. the Hotel's newly refurbished bar is lovely (if a little pricey), and a good place to get away from a pub atmosphere as its mix of coffee, tea, wines, lagers and beers in the comfortable cosmopolitan surroundings is a quiet and plesent way to spend an evening. The food and surroundings of the Seven Stars pub is particularly good, serving a wide variety of daily specials of fish and meat as well as having a good vegetarian menu with large protions at reasonable rates (mains between £6-£12). it also doubles as the St Austell Brewery's historic first pub. The Stag and O'Callahans are also recommended and are owned by the same brewery. Be aware that most will stop serving food between 8 and 9pm. By day there are a selection of shops selling pasties, cakes and sandwiches and the pubs also serve food. there are cafes, both quaint and cosmopolitan where you can get lattes, cappacino and other less cornish fare. for traditional cornish try the Thin End for cakes and teas. The tour of the St Austell Brewery is a must for visitors, for £4 per person you get a 1 hour tour of the working brewery (not for those with mobility impairments or children) and 2 half pints of a selection of the excellent real ales from the brewery or one soft drink free at the end of the tour. Monday is the night
to visit the 5 screen cinema as all tickets are £3.50 (usually £5) most evening screenings of the latest releases start just after 8pm. The Bowling alley is a little expensive at £4.50 pppgame, but there for extra entertainment. From St Austell you are within easy reach of the caost as well as The Eden Project, Truro, Gardens of Heligan and other Cornish attractions. The Eden Project is excellent and easy to get to either driving or by the direct bus from St Austell station. the best advice is to arrive after 1pm to avoid the morning crowd as it really is MUCH quieter in the afternoon. allow at least an hour for each of the 3 biomes if not 2 and don't go without eating in their fabulous restaurant, which is quick in service and delicious in its selection of meat fish and vegetarian and vegan food from around the local area. the visitor centre and shop is stocked with local cornish produce as well as fair trade and organic foods; there is also the standard pens and keyrings and well as more unusuall things such as coasters made from recycled yogurt pots or wellies. you will be surprised at how much thought has gone into the whole place in terms of design as well as functionality for visitors - one of the best attractions i have been to as well as the most easy to visit. St Austell is not for those looking for night life, but i would recommend it as a base for visiting Cornwall for a few days - Try Truro for more places to eat and shop.
St.Austell is the largest town in Cornwall but it must be a disappointment to visitors. The town has empty shops and Aylmer Square, just off the main Fore Street, has an hotel that is empty and is fast becoming an eyestore. For many years self centered and short sighted traders kept out the big stores thinking this would restrict their own businesses. Unfortunately the opposite has happened. Now locals shop in Truro when they want to go on a 'shopping spree'. The good points of St.Austell are the church, the White Hart Hotel (carvery at lunch times, excellent value at £5.50), The Thin End Restaurant (best coffee in town - though has recently changed ownership), and the Market House (very old). Otherwise perhaps you'd like to visit the charity shops! Always a sign of falling trade. With the Eden project now virtually completed on the outskirts of St.Austell the town should be geared up to the additional visitors this will bring, but it isn't. The good news is that there are plans for a big redevelopment of the town. The bad news is that the final plans are still undecided. So could be ready in 2003 or later. Unfortunately I couldn't recommend holiday makers to have a day out in St.Austell - try Truro with it's cathederal instead, much more interesting.