The largest town in Cornwall and home to the Cornish Alps - St Austell is a town steeped in unusual beauty.
China clay was discovered in the mid 18th century and the town thrived on the industry, evidence of which can still be seen today – with the surreal landscape of sharp white pyramids pointing upwards through the horizon.
The Market House - built in 1844 and situated in the middle of the town - is an architectural must see for its Italianate façade design and vaulted ceilings. This impressive building now houses an array of eclectic small businesses and mouth-watering artisan markets. The narrow ancient streets and modern pedestrian precinct also host a wealth of high street shops and restaurants.
The Eden Project is situated two miles out of town and, with seven beaches within a few miles drive, St Austell is a great base for days out in mid Cornwall.