St Austell

In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: No-one
Population: 19,958 in 2011
Notable former residents: Actor John Nettles and goalkeeper Nigel Martyn
Films shot in town: ‘Die Another Day’ at the Eden Project (2002) and ‘About Time’ (2013)
Interesting factoid: St Austell became the holiday destination it is today straight after the arrival of the passenger railway in 1859


It may be an old market town but due to its handy positioning in Cornwall, St Austell is one of the county’s jewels in its tourism crown. Firstly, the epic Eden Project is on this fairly large town’s doorstep so many of the visitors to those famous biomes also opt to stay or at least wander these streets before or after their visit. Secondly, the coast is nearby, as are a plethora of walks across the countryside in this unique area of the county. Then there’s the great shops and eateries in town, plus the highly popular St Austell Brewery and its famous tipples like Proper Job. And there’s the rich mining and china clay history, with the ‘Cornish Alps’ china clay spoils dominating the landscape around the area. This famous town is well worth visiting as both a base and as a fascinating place in its own right.