St Austell

With miles of coastline, breathtaking wild moorlands and a moderate climate, it is no wonder that St. Austell in Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination. This scenic spot is home to many fascinating tourist attractions and historic sites that can appeal to a variety of ages and interests. There are also many beautiful beaches found in St. Austell that make the perfect spot for swimming or simply lounging, surrounded by lovely hotels and bed and breakfasts that make the ideal holiday setting.

St. Austell spent many of its early years as a mining center, but a new discovery in the middle part of the 18th century is what put this quaint town on the map. The discovery was china clay, found by a chemist named William Cookworthy. China clay is used in numerous products, including porcelain, paper and textiles. Even the pharmaceutical industry has found important uses for this substance. However, china clay was not easy to locate, and few places across the globe offered reserves as large as Cornwall and St. Austell. With a product so high in demand, St. Austelle quickly became a bustling community in its own right. Many of the buildings that were erected during this boom are still intact today, providing plenty of viewing for the history buff's pleasure.

Although the china clay industry has diminished as cheaper resources have become more commonly used, St. Austell is still a tourist hot spot with luxurious accommodations and breathtaking scenery to make any holiday special and memorable. Within the town of St. Austell, visitors can find plenty to do and see and many other attractions await just a short drive away. Whether you want to learn a little more about the history of the region, enjoy a dip off of one of the many scenic shores or enjoy samplings of the local brewery, tourists will find the perfect pastimes in the town of St. Austell.

Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Center
For those who want to learn a little more about the industry that put St. Austell on the map in Cornwall, check out the Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Center. This museum provides many interesting audio-visual displays depicting the evolution of this industry in St. Austell as the production methods have changed to accommodate the times. This favorite tourist attraction includes an adventure trail, tea and gift shop, attractive picnic areas and a play spot for children.

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Center
If ships are more your thing, the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Center is close to St. Austell in Charlestown, Cornwall, and it is definitely worth the trip to check out the displays at this center. It took 50 years to put together the exhibits offered here, and over 150 vessels are represented in the artifacts. You can see items recovered from famous ships like the Titanic and the World War vessel the HMS Edinburgh. There is also a display representing the famous naval hero, Admiral Nelson. A visit to the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Center will offer you indoor and outdoor exhibits, a restaurant and gift shop for your shopping pleasure.

Beach Opportunities
When it comes to beach holidays, St. Austell is one of the best choices in Cornwall, with many breathtaking shores and plenty of swimming to indulge in. In fact, there are so many beautiful beaches to visit in this area; the coast has been called the Cornish Riviera. Porthpean, Duporth and Carlyon are all popular beach resorts that offer plenty of lovely accommodations and miles of sand and water. There are also a number of quaint fishing ports to visit, including the harbor of Charlestown that has been the site for many movies.

For the Green Thumbs
Gardens are another fun tourist location for a holiday, and St. Austell does not disappoint with beautiful garden areas to explore. The biggest and most famous is the Eden Project, which features large domes that house two distinct biospheres. The Humid Tropical Biome gives you a taste of a jungle environment, while the Warm Temperate Biome offers a sampling of vegetation from different warm weather climates around the globe. This attraction takes a full day and requires plenty of walking so bring your comfy shoes and get ready for some serious exploring.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer another opportunity to enjoy some of the beautiful vegetation of the region, with more than 80 acres to explore. The Heligan estate has been in existence since the beginning of the 17th century and at one time, it included sawmills, flour mills, farms, quarries and even a brewery. The house was used by the United States army during World War II and was later sold as flats by the original family. Today, the gardens have been fully restored for the enjoyment of numerous visitors to Cornwall every year. The gardens offer amazing plant selections, glasshouses, a vast kitchen garden and many lovely water features. The estate also includes a tearoom, gift shop and picnic areas.

St. Austell Brewery Visitor Center
The Walter Hicks Brewery was started in the middle part of the 19th century, and is still in business today. Guided tours of the building will provide insight into the brewing process that has evolved somewhat over the past century and a half. Descendent of the Hicks family are still involved in the business making this a true family legacy in every sense of the word. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to sample many of the concoctions made by the brewery. You will also have the chance to purchase the beer from the gift shop to enjoy at home.

St. Austell is a lovely town in the heart of Cornwall, with many interesting sites to explore. In addition to the historic locations and the breathtaking beaches, you can find beautiful accommodations from luxury hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. If St. Austell sounds like the perfect holiday destination for you and your family, contact your travel agent about a St. Austell holiday today.


St. Austell offers you a variety of accommodation choices to suit your budget and needs.


Unique Home Stay Hotel, Lower Barn, The Carlyon Bay, The Beech Tree, Wisteria Lodge Hotel, and Trevalsa Court Country House Hotel, are few of the finest hotels in town.

Bed & Breakfast

Acorn Villas Guest House, Arches B&B, Cooperage, Cornish Farm Holidays, Gwyndra House, Holly House, Sparrow House, The Mill House, and The Waterwheel Inn, are epitomes of Cornish hospitality.


Apple Tree Cottage, Blaise Cottage, Bosinver Farm Cottages, Casa Mia Holiday Cottage, Goss Moor Chalet, Letshaveit Holidays, Lanjeth Farm, Tregongeeves Farm Cottages, and Yet Gywnn, are among the best self-catering cottages at St. Austell.

Camping and Caravanning

River Valley Holiday Park, Carlyon Bay Caravan & Camping Park, Sun Valley Holiday Park, and Trewhiddle Village, will be happy to rent-out their comfy caravans and camping gear to you.


Over the recent years, St. Austell has emerged as a gourmets paradise.

Taste the recipes at Reflections Restaurant, Boscundle Manor, Crown Inn, Crazy Cactus Restaurant & Bar, Revival, East Meets West, and Oriental Touch, and guzzle their real ale, youll know why!

Complete Holiday Package

St. Austell, with its beauteous beach, rich Cornish culture and traditions, and modern gardens and shops, is a complete holiday package for you and your family. Do enjoy it.

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St Austell is one of the larger towns in Cornwall that lies a few miles from the coastline. The mining deposits of china clay was discovered in the mid of 18th century and since then St Austell has been an important business town. St Austell Town has lots to offer in terms of tourist attractions such as the China Clay Museum at Wheal Martyn. St Austell also has nearby pretty beaches still make it a hot spot for all those seeking for some rest and relaxation. Charlestown, outside St Austell, has a beautiful harbour and a Ship Museum. St Austell can be easily reached via railway and business routes from London.