May 28, 2010 - 16:17
St Austell is larger than any other town in Cornwall (including the city of Truro) Like much of Cornwall, and neighbouring counties, tourism is increasingly important to St Austell's economy. Tourists are drawn to the area by nearby beaches and attractions such as the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Visitors to the town make a sizable contribution to the local economy during the summer season. The China Clay Country Park situated in a former china-clay pit two miles north of the town, tells the story of the men, women and children who lived, worked and played in the shadow of the clay tips around St Austell. There are many pubs throughout St.Austell, many of which flow back to St.Austell Brewery, which has been a family business for over 150 years. On 29th October 2009 a £75m shopping centre opened at St Austell which is set to be the most exciting retail development Cornwall has ever seen. White River Place will transform the town into a major shopping and leisure attraction, serving 250,000 residents and 1.5 million tourists every year.