Saint Austell Travel Guide

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Saint Austell Things to Do

  • Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

    This museum is a must for anyone who loves looking at treasure trove brought up from the seabed.There are other distractions here as well but it is this collection that you’ll want to spend most of your time looking at.The tour of the museum starts with a walk through a tunnel that was, until 1972, used for transporting china clay on trucks through...

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  • Charlestown

    Situated 2 miles south-east of St. Austell town centre in St. Austell Bay, Charlestown is a most enjoyable place to visit.If you want to use public transport then Western Greyhound operate buses from near the railway station and drop you off at The Rashleigh Arms, where you might be tempted to stop before walking down to the harbour.West Polmeor,...

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  • Eden Project

    The Eden Project was created from a reclaimed clay mine, transforming it into a global garden that includes the world’s largest greenhouse and where people can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around them. Inside the two huge artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. Each dome consists of...

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  • Hemp

    Hemp has been used or Milleniums for its medicinal and relaxant properties. Also it is a very strong product for rope, clothes, boat sail and bank notes among others.We were surprised to see hemp being grown so openly here, apparently Eden needed a special licence to grow it & a barrier from the public. A wonderful hemp rope fence has been created...

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  • Shimenawa

    This sculpture is called a Shimenawa, it is worshipped in the oldest Japanese religion of Shinto. This particular one is made of rice straw, you usually find Shimenawa in areas around shrines, scared trees. Also it celebrates the growth of rice. This scupture was made & designed by local artist Phil Booth with the help of Japanese landscape...

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  • South Africa

    These plants are from the Little Karoo area of South Africa. These hardy little plants survive drought, temperatures of 50C in to summer & below freezing in the winter.

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  • Dance of Dionysus

    Within the grape vine growing region of the Warm Temperate Biome, sculpures have been places to show the "Dance of Dionysus". Dionysus is actually depicted as the bull (not in this actual photo), the other sculpures are followers of Dionysus.

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  • Eden Project

    Not just one of Cornwall's top attractions, but in fact one of ENGLAND'S most visited places, Eden Project is a very special place. I am not a gardening type at all since I am too lazy, but I love the outdoors and care about the environment so I thought Eden would have to be seen during our first ever visit to Cornwall. We broke the journey to St...

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  • Eden Project - Don't Bother

    The Eden Project was a big disappointment for our family - far too expensive, small, cramped and too many people allowed in at once. If you're happy to pay over £15 to shuffle around behind 8,000 other people and having to queue for absolutely everything, then it is the place for you!I have been to many gardens in Cornwall and my advice is to avoid...

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  • Eden Project

    The Eden Project is "one of the UK's top gardens and conservation tourist attractions located in Cornwall". Located near St Austell, we visited this popular place in April 2009.Upon arrival, we were directed into one of the car parks - there are several and they are named after a fruit, so take note of which fruit you are parked in - we were in the...

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  • Lost Gardens of Heligan - Exceeds...

    This is by-far one of the best outings I have come across in Cornwall! It totally blew me away with its beauty and what it has to offer. I enjoyed the walk around the land, and landing mud sculptures was so much fun.This is not just a garden, but a garden with long lost glory and extensive history, the story behind its restoration is amazing.1...

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  • The Greenhouse Effect

    What can I say about The Eden Project? I have been a few times with friends and visitors to England without saying where we were going. When people walk down to the Biomes for the first time, not expecting anything like this, they just stop and go, "Wow!"What the Eden project say:What's it about?Eden is all about man's relationship with and...

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  • Eden Project visit

    Visit the Eden project!Although it was hard to find we managed to find it after driving around for ages.

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  • Eden Project

    When you can attract half a million people to look down a muddy hole at a construction site, then you must be building something spectacular. A British grand project paid for by lottery cash, the Eden Project bills itself as the Eighth Wonder of the World.Its giant biomes are the world's largest greenhouses, sat in an old clay mining pit. The humid...

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  • Eden Project

    Undeniably, this is a world class attraction, right up there with the Smithsonian and the pyramids. The setting is spectacular, the art and architecture is cutting edge and the facilities are first rate.So of course you can expect crowds. For some reason, Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest days. A rainy day in summer is a nightmare as the...

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  • Eating at Eden Project

    There are a few places to eat in at Eden Project. There was a cafeteria by the entrance and it was very busy when I arrived. I decided to go down to the biomes as it was indicated on the map that there were places to eat in there as well. It was lunchtime and very busy. Food was served on one side of the main entrance and coffee and snacks on the...

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  • Table Table

    This is a family restaurant that operates under the Table Table chain and is next door to the Premier Inn. The restaurant is divided into several distinct areas, including family and adult dining areas, and a lounge bar for drinkers. Wood and carpeted floors throughout, with comfortable seating add a rustic feel. We ate here on four nights and each...

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  • Eden Eating

    The grass roofed "Morrocan Red" Restaurant has a great range of food. Including choices for vegans, vegetarians & gluten free needs. Where possible they always use local Cornish produce.Opening times are 11.30 to 3 pm.There are other cafes are on site also

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Saint Austell Nightlife

  • Eden Sessions

    The Eden Sessions begin in 2002. Performers who have used Eden are WOMAD, Moby, Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey to name a few.The photo is the Dreadzone Sound System, who took over the restaurant, They were excellent!

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  • Jungle Nights

    Throughout the summer at Eden, Monday to Thurday they had an event called "Jungle Nights". After 4.30 entrance is £8.00 for the evening, music in the biomes is put on, with it being live music in the Mild Mediterranean Biome. The evening we visited it was an African band from Ugnada and Congo. Freya was entranced by the lady singer & didnt stop...

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  • The Cat Empire

    The Cat Empire are a fantastic Australian Band, originating from Melbourne.Their music is brilliant mix of jazz, reggae, Cuban, Gypsy and hip hop in each song!! They put on an entertaining & vibrant show with excellent musicians especially the keyboard player.If you ever get the chance to see them, do.

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Saint Austell Transportation

  • To Eden Project from St Ives

    Before leaving Cornwall and returning to London, I wanted to make a stop at Eden Project. I was travelling on a Sunday and I had asked a few days earlier at the Tourist Office in St Ives which was the best way to do this. They had told me how to get to St Austell and from there there would be plenty of buses. From the bus station in St Ives I took...

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  • Tractor Train

    This little tractor train takes you to & from the Biomes & the Visitor Centre.Most people walk down & get the train back up again. It is quite a drop in to the quarry to the Biomes.Be prepared for queues to get to the top . It is a pleasant Zizzag walk up though what is called to outside Biome Gardens.

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  • Tractor Train

    Again to save your legs a tractor train can be taken from the visitors centre to the Biomes themselves.Alternatively its an easy 5-10 minute walk down the paths - and when this area is fully mature is a pleasanter option. So much o the outside section - our temperate Biome - is still being developed and different plants will be in bloom at...

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Saint Austell Shopping

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    Cornish Market World is the South West's largest indoor market with over 300 market stalls and cafes with everything you need from gifts and curios to everyday shopping needs.

    The market has ample free parking and is a great way to spend time if like us the weather was a bit bleak.

    Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Wednesday (Summer): 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Admission: Free

    July 2011

    What to buy: Fruit & Veg; Meat & Poultry; Groceries; Clothing; Fancy Dress; Formal Wear; Everyday Fashions; Goth Wear; Footwear; Tools; Motor Accessories; Antiques; Hardware; Kitchens; Home Improvements; Giftware; Stationary; Computers; Books; Army & Navy; Soft Furnishings; Posters & Print; Toys & Games; DVDs & Music; Confectionery; Communications; Ancestry; Body Piercing; Hairdressing; plus lots more...

    What to pay: Varies

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Saint Austell Local Customs

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    (K 634) - Bay-class Frigate

    Loch Class Anti-Submarine Frigate was ordered from Harland and Wolff of Belfast in February 1943 to be built in Liverpool, however this was later cancelled and the ship was laid down in May 1944 at Belfast as Admiralty Job Number J3391 (YARD No, 1249) and was to be named Loch Lydoch. However after a policy change to meet the requirement for anti-aircraft escorts for the Far East the contract was changed to a design for the Bay Class. The ship was launched as HMS St Austell Bay in November 1944 as the first Royal Navy ship to carry the name. Build was completed in May 1945. HMS St Austell Bay was laid-up in the Reserve Fleet at Plymouth until 1959 when she was placed on the Disposal List. Sold to BISCO for demolition by Ship-breaking Industries and arrived in tow at the breakers yard at Charlestown near Rosyth in 1959.

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Saint Austell Tourist Traps

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    by ayers_rock_where Written Nov 6, 2003

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    people sit in areas near here just watching and listening to the water move around fast soooooo relaxing

    Unique Suggestions: chill and use all your senses

    soooo relaxing

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Saint Austell Favorites

  • History of Saint Austell

    The ancient town of St Austell dates back to 1189 when it served as a centre for the agricultural community. During the reign of King Henry VIII Saint Austell was described as being a “poore toun with nothing notable but the paroch chirch.” However, following the success of tin-mining at nearby Polgooth in the 19th century St. Austell with its...

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  • Food for the World

    I forget exactly, but I do know that a high percentage of the World's population depend on rice as their staple diet. Here you can see rice being grown in its 'natural' environment.All the plants, trees and crops are fully described, with their history and relationship to man detailed on adjacent plaques or boards. Any Tropical pests are also...

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  • Everyone is Welcome

    As I stated previously, the Biomes are very user-friendly, and accessible to anyone with a disability. There are up to 40 wheelchairs available for disabled visitors, free of charge, but on a first come, first served basis.Here is Mary standing by an old rubber tyre. However, this is the Rubber Plantation, and there's plenty of information here to...

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