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St Austell is located deep into Cornwall on the Cornish Riviera with a climate that is the envy of much of Britain. Organising car hire in St Austell is an excellent way to explore all that the town and its surrounding area has to offer. You'll be able to discover beaches, coves and the wonderful scenery of the South Cornish coast.
Warm winters and hot summers, palm trees and a laidback atmosphere make this part of the South West a dream to visit...
St Austell itself is a busy little town with a compact centre with shops and local services. Fore Street is the main street to explore and you can visit the Holy Trinity Parish Church at its top end. Dating back to the 15th century, there is also a Norman font inside as well as beautiful stained glass windows to admire.
St Austell Market House is also worth dropping in on. Previously the police station, it has had a historic past and is now home to the St Austell Town Museum as well as local stall holders selling handicrafts.
On the outskirts of town are Charlestown and the Luxulyan Valley. The Georgian harbour village was a major port for the export of copper and china clay in the 18th century and is today home to sailing boats and the Shipwreck Rescue and Heritage Centre. There are beaches on either side of the harbour entrance to enjoy.
Beaches are what many people come to the area for and the sandy expanses of Porthpean, Pentewan, Carlyon Bay and Par Sands are within a few minutes' drive of the town.
Newquay (NQY) is the nearest airport to the town, around an hour's drive to the north across the county. You can pick up a hire car here, or at various downtown locations in St Austell. To find the best price on car rental in St Austell, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
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