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Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG
07739 519203

About Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in our everyday lives that still shapes Cornwall and our world today – china clay! It hides in your toothpaste, mugs, paper, tyres and even your cosmetics.

A unique indoor and outdoor museum, Wheal Martyn tells the story of Cornwall’s ‘secret’ billion pound industry, and the people who brought it to you, from the heart of Clay Country.

Immerse yourself in the historic grounds of the Victorian clay works, bursting at the seams with tools, machinery, waterwheels, artefacts and stories. Explore woodland trails and green space, let off steam in the play area and discover spectacular views of modern clay mining overlooking the working pit.

An inspiring day out packed with culture, nature and family-friendly fun.

Cornwall Residents Pass

From 1 November 2022 to 31 March 2023, residents of Cornwall can purchase annual admission to Wheal Martyn for a discounted rate of just £9.00 per adult and £5.00 per child (those under 5 go free).

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Full programme of events

Wheal Martyn Clay Works runs a full programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year - some of these are featured below. Visit their website for full information.

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What Visitors Say

"Excellent day out very interesting . Lots to see both inside and outside the viewing area over the working pit was very good with excellent views over the working pit. Some quite steep and uneven paths in some parts of the site . Would highly recommend"
"What a wonderful place to visit. A lovely walk around, informative, historic, lots to see and do. Great day out for the dog too!"
"A wonderful few hours at this real treasure. Local history and nature walks combined-something for all the family. Look out for the teddy bears and piskies. Then enjoy a cuppa using the mismatched quirky cups and teapots with a delicious cake too. Can't recommend it enough."

Wheal Martyn Clay Works News & Events

December 10 - December 10 2023

Festive Fun Day and Father Christmas at Wheal Martyn

Dress up in your festive finery for a fun filled day full of Christmas activities, meet Father Christmas, wreath-making, clay decorations and more!

December 6 - December 10 2023

Doggie paw printing ceramic gifts and keepsakes at Wheal Martyn

Make a treasured gift and memory by printing your cherished dog’s foot onto ceramic or into a clay tile.

December 6 - December 15 2023

Creative Ceramic Painting Workshops at Wheal Martyn

A ceramic painting workshop where your inner artist is nurtured and supported as you learn more about different glazing techniques.

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