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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).

Relaxed Sessions

One day a month, Wheal Martyn encourage quieter activity to provide a suitable environment for those who prefer experiencing the museum at a quieter pace. These sessions are especially suited to people with autism, anxiety and associated conditions, and include fun with object handling, ASD-friendly activities and trails.

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

01 Dec

Wheal Martyn Reindeer Trail and Community Christmas Trees

Explore Wheal Martyn’s historic grounds and woodland trails to spot our woodland crafted reindeer, and inside, discover and vote for the best dressed Community Christmas Tree in the Discovery Centre

12 Dec

Wheal Martyn Family Festive Fun Day

A day full of festive activities in the grounds, including Christmas arts & crafts, storytelling, local choirs, Family Forest School, our Reindeer Trail and Community Christmas Trees.

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