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Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG
01726 850362
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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 2021 to 31 March 2022, residents of Cornwall can purchase annual admission to Wheal Martyn for a discounted rate of just £8.00 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

27 Jul
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Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn this summer for fun summer crafts to take home.

04 Jul

Art on the Menu Exhibition at Wheal Martyn

Visit a new exhibition that tells the story of the shifting market for ceramics in 1930s Britain.

19 Jun

Family Fun Day at Wheal Martyn

Join Wheal Martyn for a day full of family fun.

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