Self catering in and around St Austell

Home of Cornwall's China Clay industry, the St Austell Brewery and the nearby Eden Project. This large town on the south coast is a good base for touring the county.


The curve of St Austell Bay, with its many sandy beaches, is a haven for watersports and family holidays and is also fantastic for walking and cycling, with a mixture of trails through a variety of landscapes.

Beaches - St Austell Area - Polkerris - 6 July 2017 - 3. Matt Jessop (1)-min.jpg
Polkerris, nr St Austell

More than just an industrial town

The town of St Austell has grown from the riches of the China Clay industry. Walk along Fore Street and you will discover the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianate façade of the Market House. The town centre also has a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The town is also home to the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre with an interactive museum telling the story of over 150 years of pubs, beers, wines and spirits created by the Hicks family. If you’re really keen, book yourself onto a tour of the brewery, taste the beer and enjoy a proper pasty!

Nearby is the beautiful Georgian port of Charlestown, star of many recent films and the Poldark TV shows. Just along the coast, the Carlyon Bay Hotel offers quality accommodation, a spa and a golf course.

At the eastern end of the bay, the little village of Polkerris shelters behind its beach and harbour wall. It's a great place for watersports and eating! It's also the start of a coastal walk out to Gribben Head, a landscape immortalised by the author Daphne du Maurier who lived nearby.

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