St Austell is one of Cornwall's largest towns and the local area is a major source of China Clay which is exported all over the world. So don't be surprised to see spoil heaps shaped like little white mountains, and clay pits. China clay, or Kao-Lin, was discovered by William Cookworthy in the 18th century and it is used in the production of porcelain, medicines, and paper. It is said that the china clay pits have no bottom, probably not true but that gives some idea of the size of the pits.
St Austell's history is reflected in its buildings, and John Hoge, inventor of the fire engine was born here. Market House, built 1791, and the Holy Trinity church, as well as the Quaker Meeting Room, built in 1829, are some of the old buildings in the town to look at when you visit. See if you can find the flat stone called The Menagew Stone in Fore Street.
There are plenty of shops, mainly in the more recently developed White River Place, which is a pedestrian precinct. There is a cinema, ten pin bowling, and other things to do in the evening.
Don't forget to visit Charlestown, and the Eden Project is very close, only 7 miles away. You can take the bus to get to Eden Project form the bus station, which is right next to the railway station, or walk there along the old mineral tram route. One other local attraction is, of course, the St Austell Brewery.
St Austell Brewery The local brewery has been brewing since 1851.
World Of Model Railways 5.0 miles See all the trains at this famous attraction.
Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens A 30 acre garden to enjoy.
Lost Gardens Of Heligan Gardens now restored to their former glory.
Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre Quay Road
Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum All about china clay plus a Country Park.
Mevagissey Museum 4.9 miles The local museum.
Towns Near St Austell To Visit - straight line distance:Mevagissey (4.89 miles) Fowey (6.00 miles) Lostwithiel (6.50 miles) Probus (8.58 miles)