St Austell is famous for its China Clay which brought prosperity to the town in the 18th Century. You can explore the history of Cornwall's mining heritage at the Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park which offers a fascinating day out for all the family.
St Austell lies just inland from the south coast of Cornwall with its large sandy beaches and spectacular coastal walks and is only a mile from Charlestown with its Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, tall ships, beaches and rock pools. The Georgian harbour at Charlestown was created by Sir Charles Rashleigh to allow the transport of the valuable China Clay (called 'white gold') to the potteries of the north and across to Europe.
The town centre of St Austell has a variety of shops, local and national, with a modern shopping centre, White River Place, and a popular 4-screen White River Cinema, a Tenpin Bowling Centre and a range of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
At the historic core of the town is the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianate facade of the Market House.