St. Austell is a bustling market town often referred to as the capital of the Cornish Alps. The strangely compelling white clay-mountains, the spoil heaps of the china-clay industry lend an eerie atmosphere to the landscape.
William Cookworthy discovered the clay in 1755, and with the opening of the pits to mine the clay St. Austell’s population and prosperity soon began to grow.
Kao-Lin, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of porcelain, had previously only been found in northern China. Today Cornwall still exports clay, which is also used to produce paint, paper and in some medicines.
What to do in St Austell
St Austell is arguably one of the six largest centres of population in Devon and Cornwall and is home to the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, China Clay Country Park, formally Wheal Martyn and St Austell Brewery – all of which are absolutely wonderful tourist attractions and worth often more than one visit!
The Keay Theatre in the town also welcomes young and old… What do you want to do differently this year? You might be considering making your first visit to the theatre. You might be a regular looking at the latest season of events – whatever you are looking for, The Keay has it all.
Visitors can explore St Austell Brewery’s interactive museum and learn the fascinating story of our pubs, beers, wines and spirits and about the Cornish families who created them – and find out exactly where to buy the beers when you are not in the County!
And for the kids of the family a day out at Kidzworld is akin to Christmas! The amazing indoor children’s play area provides fun and adventure for all ages from two upwards. The adventure play centre is one of the largest indoor play areas in the South West and is perfect for parties and celebrations or just a place to burn off holiday excitement.