St Austell Brewery


  • Tours Tours
  • Café and/or Restaurant Café and/or Restaurant
  • Bar Bar
  • Shop Shop
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Child Friendly Child Friendly
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details


10am–4pm, on the hour


Evening tours available for groups on request; call 01726 66022 to arrange

Local Transport

St Austell Station is within a quarter of a mile and serves mainline and commuter trains from Cornwall, plus Plymouth and Cornwall.

St Austell Bus Station, again within a quarter of a mile, is served by many bus routes


Sells a wide range of St Austell Brewery items – beer, clothing etc – plus a variety of goods from other local producers.

Wheelchair access

Ground floor shop plus museum, bar & restaurant

Course details

St Austell Brewery runs trips for schools.

Opening times

Visitor Centre

Open all year: 10am–5.30pm

Jan–Jun, Sept–Dec: Mon–Sat
July & Aug: Mon–Sun


Mon–Sat (Sun): 10am–4pm, food served between 12–3pm

Hicks Bar

Mon–Sat (Sun): 11am–5.30pm


Adults: £8;
CAMRA members:
£5.50, on presentation of card
over 18: £6
Concessions: £6
Children 8–17: £5; must be accompanied by an adult

Get in Touch

Tel: 01726 66022

Twitter: Tribute_Ale

St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre
63 Trevarthian Rd
St Austell
PL25 4BY
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After that other favourite son of Cornwall, Ginsters, St Austell Brewery with its 170-plus pubs is the county’s second largest private employer.

With one of the country’s most go-ahead brewers, Roger Ryman, at the helm, it’s great to see that its visitor facilities match its liquid reputation. From the minute you drive up to the honey-coloured, stone-clad building, on the edges of Cornwall’s largest city, you can feel the warmth of the welcome.

Tours run regularly throughout the year, particularly in the summer, beginning in the modern visitor centre, opened in 2007 and enlarged in 2010.

Following an engaging introduction in the interactive museum, your tour starts at the top of the building, the highest point in St Austell, with sight, smell and taste of the speciality malts that go into some of the brews. Your journey follows that of the ingredients. See the traditional hoist that brings up the malt, check out the grinder, peer into the mash tun to see the malt being mixed with liquor, watch the copper while the wort is boiled with its hops, and see the foaming yeast as it converts the sugar to alcohol.

Finishing your tour back in Hicks Bar, named after the company’s founder, Alfred Hicks, there's a couple of half pints of the day’s cask beers to try. At lunchtime, there’s good, honest fare in the adjoining bistro for those who fancy a bite before leaving – think generous ploughmans (I couldn't finish mine) or soup of the day – plus a regularly changing hot dish.


  • Regional Brewer of the Year 2009The Publican Awards.
  • Roger Ryman – Brewer of the Year 2009, All Parliamentary Beer Group
  • Proper Job – Gold, National SIBA awards 2010
  • Admiral’s Ale – 2010 Winner, Ale Category, Quality Drink Awards


St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust raises funds for charities in the South West of England. At present the chosen charities are Cornwall and Devon Hospices. The Trust also makes donations to other worthy causes as and when they are approached.

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • St Austell Brewery was Overall Winner of the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2009
  • It uses lighter-weight bottles, feeds its spent yeast to local pigs and gives used hops to the Eden Project as compost.
  • Head brewer, Roger Ryman, has led the renaissance of Cornish barley growing.
  • As well as giving the brewery complete control over the final element of its production, its new £1m bottling line significantly reduces the beer-miles travelled by its brews.
  • It follows a local sourcing policy wherever possible for both the brewery and its pubs.

Anything else?

You’re never far from a St Austell pub, with over 170 spread over the South-West. The group's food director, Paul Drye, was named HQ Food Champion of the Year in 2009 by The Publican for his local sourcing policy.