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Popular things to do in St Austell

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Garden
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Pentewan
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Shipwreck Treasure Museum Charlestown
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Brewery
St Austell Brewery
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Keith's Cornish Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
St Austell is a civil parish and major town in Cornwall, England, UK. It is situated on the south coast, approximately south of Bodmin and west of the border with Devon.St Austell is one of the largest towns in Cornwall; in the 2011 Census, St Austell civil parish had a population of 19,958, with a total of 34,700 living in the wider area comprising several other civil parishes.HistoryNamed after Saint Austol (Saint Austell is mostly unrelated), one of the earliest references to the village of St Austell is in John Leland's Itinerary, where he says "At S. Austelles is nothing notable but the paroch chirch".Not long after William Cookworthy discovered china clay at Tregonning hill in west Cornwall, the same mineral was found in greater quantity in Hensbarrow downs north of St Austell. Clay mining soon took over from tin and copper mining as the principal industry in the area, and this eventually contributed enormously to the growth of the town. The clay industry really only came into its own during the mid 19th to early 20th century, at a time when the falling prices of tin and other metals forced many mines to close down or convert to clay mining. The success and high profitability of the industry attracted many families whose breadwinner had been put out of work by the depression in the local metal mining industry, and increased the population of the town considerably. This meant that more shops and businesses took root, providing more jobs and improving trade. This, along with other factors, led to St Austell becoming one of the ten most important commercial centres of Cornwall. Find what you're looking for from your St Austell holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy United Kingdom tour itinerary planning website.

Side trips from St Austell

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Island
St. Michael's Mount Marazion
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
Eden Project Bodelva
3.6
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Fistral Beach Bar Newquay
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Lanhydrock House and Garden Bodmin
4.8
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in St Austell

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Specialty Museum
Wheal Martyn
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Cornwall Garden Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
Pinetum Gardens
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
Charlestown Harbour Charlestown
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in St Austell

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Beach
Hemmick Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
Indoor Active
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Porthpean Beach
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
Ride / Activity
Kidzworld
2.7
Duration: 4 hours

Museums in St Austell

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History Museum
St Austell Town Museum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Atishoo Gallery Charlestown
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Art Gallery
Cscape Art Charlestown
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Beaches in St Austell

Beach
Crinnis Beach
3.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Keith's Cornish Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Educational Site
Footsteps of Discovery
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Woolacombe Beach Woolacombe
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

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