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St Austell

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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.

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Eden Project

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The Great Western mainline connects St Austell to London Paddington, via principal settlements including Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Reading. Other services are available to Cardiff. The services, along with all local services within Cornwall, are operated by Great Western Railway.

Other trains are operated by CrossCountry Trains (which operate routes to the North of England and Scotland, via Bristol and Birmingham).

Within Cornwall, Great Western Railway offers a regular direct service between St Austell and Penzance, with stops including St Erth (for connections to St Ives) and Truro.

Train services are frequent, with roughly one train every half houreach way during the week.

By road[edit]

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). The A3058 leaves for Newquay from St Austell northwesterly.

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Newquay International Airport is around half an hour by car away (or around a £25 taxi fare). Newquay Airport is serves destinations including London (Gatwick and Stanstead), Dublin, Leeds-Bradford, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff.

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The vast majority of National Express coach services stop at the railway station from such places as London and Penzance.

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  • St Austell Private Hire (0800 32 88 040)[2] is a minicab business based in St Austell with a large fleet of low-emission vehicles seating up to eight. It serves local places like St Austell station, Duke Street taxi rank, High Cross Street taxi rank and the Eden Project.

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  • The Eden Project is open every day all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 9AM to 6PM (last entry at 4:30PM). Frequent buses are available from St Austell railway station (service T9), or a taxi from St Austell costs around £6.50. Dubbed by many as The Eighth Wonder of the World, it is worth a visit unless you mind the theme park atmosphere.[3]

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St Austell Cornish World [4] 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.

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There are many places to stay.

  • Blue Chip Vacations (01803 855 282) has a variety of holiday cottages and apartments located within the town and is close to many tourist attractions, including The Eden Project.[5]
  • 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.
  • The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate, Pentewan Rd, Tregorrick, Saint Austell PL26 7AB, [1].  edit

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