St Austell

St Austell

St Austell is a town in Cornwall – 10 miles south of Bodmin 30 miles from the border of Devon.

It is one of the largest towns in Cornwall in the 2011 census it had a population 0f 20,000 approx.

Named after SAINT AUSTOL a 6th century Cornish holy man.

During the 18th Century POLGOOTH mine was known as the greatest tin mine in the world.

Clay mining is what St Austell is known for today as the price of Tin and copper dropped. It is the centre of china clay in Cornwall with sales of approx. 200 million.

The Eden project is one of St Austell’s main tourist attractions which opened in 2001.

The Eden project has said to have contributed 1 Billion to the Cornish economy – The tropical Biome covers 3.9 acres and is 180 ft high.

The Mediterranean Biome covers 1.6 acres and is 115 ft high.

St Austell’s port is the lovely harbour of Charles town.

Things to do around St Austell

  • Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Tregrehan Gardens
  • China Clay Country park
  • St Austell brewery visitor centre
  • Luxulyan Valley

St Austell is 2 miles from the south coast of Cornwall

The local beach is Carlyon Bay – a nice sheltered beach also local beaches are Porth Pean and Duporth beach

China clay was nick named white gold.

In 1850 there were nearly 7,000 men women and children employed in the china clay extraction.

St Austell is an ideal location to start a family Cornwall holiday.