About Wheal Martyn
The extensive historic grounds and largely outdoor museum offer a safe space to reflect, soak up the natural environment and enjoy some sense of normality away from crowds of people in a wonderful historic setting. The layout of Wheal Martyn allows for an experience that avoids close contact with other visitors in a natural way that doesn't feel alien.
Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in your everyday life that still shapes Cornwall and the world today - china clay!
Visit the UK's only china clay museum and discover the fascinating story of Cornwall's billion pound, global industry from the heart of Clay Country.
Immerse yourself in the atmospheric grounds of the original Victorian clay works, bursting at the seams with tools, machinery, artefacts and stories. Discover Wheal Martyn's past life at the heart of this global industry, and catch a glimpse of modern machines in the working clay pit.
Hear real life tales of the industry which shaped the landscape and iconic Cornish Alps, and of the people in mid-Cornwall and beyond, whose lives were shaped by this 'white gold'.
Wheal Martyn is a dog friendly, indoor and outdoor museum. Explore the indoor Discovery Centre and follow a virtual tour into a working clay pit with family friendly interactive exhibits, film footage, voice recordings, and a making and drawing area.
Explore 26 acres of woodlands, and follow the historic trail to uncover the reasons why Wheal Martyn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Get active on the children's adventure trail, wander through the flat rod tunnel and try to locate the secret drum set! See Cornwall's largest working waterwheel in action, and discover the settling tanks, which are now home to an array of wildlife.
Attraction details add to itinerary
From 12 April, the outdoor grounds of Wheal Martyn are open for visitors to enjoy. This includes the woodlands, nature and historic trails, and areas such as the beautiful settling tanks.
The gift shop will be open, and takeaway drinks and food from the cafe will be available.
We ask that you pre-book tickets online before your visit.
From 17 May, we hope to reopen Wheal Martyn fully, including the launch of our brand new gallery and facilities, along with Kurt Jackson's new Clay Country exhibition. Please see the details below for the measures in place. Pre-booking will still be required.
You will notice some changes and precautions we have put in place to maximise your safety on your visit.
Our extensive historic grounds and largely outdoor museum offer a safe space to reflect, soak up the natural environment and enjoy some sense of normality away from crowds of people in a wonderful historic setting. The layout of Wheal Martyn allows us to offer an experience that avoids close contact with other visitors in a natural way.
Wheal Martyn is open 10.00am - 5.00pm, daily.
The café is open from 10.00am - 4.30pm daily, with a limited selection of food on offer. Outdoor seating is available.
Pay once and visit all year
No concessionary rate
Family saver (2 adults & 2 children) £28
Family saver (2 adults and up to 4 children) £34.00
Group discounts available.
All visitors to Wheal Martyn will now need pre-book timed arrival slots online, including Residents Pass holders. Book tickets here: https://www.wheal-martyn.com/buy-a-ticket-timed-slots
This will ensure social distancing guidelines can be maintained. Once you arrive, you can stay as long as you like, within our opening hours.
Information & Contact
Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall
Tel: 01726 850362
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