Whilst on a cottage holiday in Cornwall, the town of St. Austell and the surrounding area are well worth visiting. Inland St. Austell is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns and administrative centres, but is largely bypassed in order to reach the nearby beaches further along the coast, the main reason for any visit usually being to the nearby Eden Project. Far and away Cornwall’s most visited tourist attraction, this unique vision of the future has been created out of St. Austell’s past. The town’s main industry was once the extraction of china clay, a key component required for the production of porcelain. The Eden Project was built in a disused clay pit to showcase the vital symbiosis between people and plants. Three ‘biomes’, or massive geodesic domes, house the warm Temperate Zone, where Mediterranean species flourish, the Tropical Zone, planted with rainforest, and the Outside Biome, where plants indigenous to the UK, and particularly to Cornwall itself, are painstakingly nurtured on gigantic terraces. Thought-provoking play areas and nature trails provide both enjoyable and educational activities for younger visitors.