Luxulyan & Charlestown: Educational Activities


The creations of two extraordinary industrialists

  • Cost: No entry fees required for attractions

The Luxuylan Valley is breathtakingly beautiful, with steep granite boulder strewn slopes surrounding the River Par. You will see evidence of copper mining, which was booming in the St Austell area during the 1800s.

Head to the Treffry Viaduct, a historic dual-purpose railway viaduct and aqueduct, located close to the village of Luxulyan. The viaduct crosses the Luxulyan Valley, and with it forms an integral part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape‎. The viaduct, despite being huge, manages to hide itself among the woodland until it is literally upon you!

Take a picnic to the delightful Prideaux Woods (to the south-west of the Luxulyan Valley) – a quarter of which is ancient woodland.

Travelling to Luxulyan & Charlestown
For Charlestown, head south from St Austell on the A3061. Luxulyan is a five-mile drive north east of St Austell along some narrow but well-signposted roads.

Public transport
First operates several buses to St Austell (25, 26/26B, 27/27B) and the Trurorian T24 stops in Luxulyan. The nearest mainline train station is Par. See for the latest information.

The pay car park in Charlestown is a short walk from the harbour, and parking is allowed in the lanes around Prideaux Woods and Luxulyan Valley – but please show
consideration for residents by parking safely and legally at busy times such as weekends and in high summer

Public toilets
There are public toilets close to the beach in Charlestown, and in Luxulyan village – as well as Luxulyan Museum and Heritage Centre (open Tuesdays to Saturdays
in the summer school holidays – or call 01726 813522 to arrange visits at other times)

Eating & drinking
Charlestown beach café, The Bosun’s Diner and The Rashleigh Arms offer snacks and light meals, while Revival Restaurant and The Pier Head Hotel, also in Charlestown, serve great meals and welcomes well-behaved children. In Luxulyan, The Kings Arms is a lovely traditional pub serving real ale and good food

Picnic spots
Around Luxulyan, there are benches and walls that you can perch on along the various woodland walks that take in the viaduct, canal and leats. At Charlestown, you can either stop at the beach, or walk the cliff path up to Charlestown Battery, which was built by Charles Rashleigh to defend the harbour during the Napoleonic Wars.  For a local picnic provider, try

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