Renowned for its elegant hotels, St Austell has a rich history in clay mining. The town is still a major exporter of clay which is used to produce paper, paint and medicines. Visitors can learn more about the history of clay at the China Clay Museum. The scenic site includes woodlands walks, nature trails and two former clay pits. Other popular historical attractions in the town are the St Austell Brewery and the Holy Trinity Church. St Austell hotels and restaurants offer a great blend of local and international cuisines.
St Austell hotels, guest houses, campsites, lodges, cottages, apartments and holiday homes offer a wide selection of accommodation options. For those fascinated with plant life, a visit to St Austell is not complete without visiting the Pine Lodge Gardens and Caerhays Castle Gardens. The gardens are popular for their exotic plants, ducks and swans. Another popular attraction is the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre which offers a rich history of salvage, diving and shipwrecks. With its rich history, unique attractions and comfortable hotels, St Austell is a destination worth visiting.