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Wheal Martyn St Austell, PL26 8XG

About Wheal Martyn

The UK's only China Clay heritage centre set within 26 acres of woodland walks and amongst the preserved remains of two former Victorian Clay works you will discover the fascinating story of Cornwall's billion pound China Clay industry and find out about the lives of people who lived and worked in the shadows of the "white pyramids" as well as how China Clay has shaped the world we live in today.  There are ancient buildings to explore, nature trails to follow as well as a vast collection of industry tools and artefacts, vintage commercial vehicles and Cornwall's largest working water wheel.  The story is brought up to date at the peak of the site where you will discover a spectacular view of a modern working clay pit with monstrous machines in action and if you are lucky you may get to see blasting in the pit!

There is also an interactive discovery centre with displays and exhibitions.  Here you can test your understanding of local dialects, try your strength against the village tug-o-war team and meet a Victorian kettle boy.

There is something for everyone of all ages, dogs are welcome on leads and children can have fun on the adventure challenge trail through the woods or play in the play area. 

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Opening Hours

Opening times

Cafe and gift shop (outside of paid attraction)
Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Museum and Country Park
November - March: Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 2.30pm)
April - October: Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)

Admission Charges

Pay once and visit all year

Adult £9.75
No concessionary rate
Child £5.50
Family saver (2 adults & 2 children) £28
Family saver (2 adults and up to 4 children) £34.00

Group discounts available.

Information & Contact

Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall
Tel: 01726 850362


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