1. South West
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  3. St Austell

Attraction Information

Fun, discovery and adventure for everyone! Wheal Martyn Clay Works is bursting at the seams with tools, machinery and real stories of Cornwall’s largest mining industry.

Follow the historic trail to discover the processes and follow in the footsteps of the clay workers, explore ancient buildings such as the crib hut, pan kiln, flat rod tunnel and much more. You will see Cornwall's largest working waterwheel, industry tools and artefacts and vintage commercial vehicles including a locomotive. At the peak of the site you'll stand back in awe as you discover a spectacular view of a modern working clay pit with monstrous machines at work and if you are lucky you may even get to see blasting in the pit!

Children can don a hard hat while they explore, test their strength against the local tug-o-war team or try out the children's adventure trail. Dogs are welcome throughout the site and there is a wonderful cafe and gift shop catering for the needs of the whole family.

- The UK's only china clay mining museum

- Great fun whatever the weather

- Pit View overlooks modern machines in the working clay pit

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The UK's only china clay mining museum!

Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in our everyday lives that still shapes Cornwall and our world today - china clay. Check out the original Victorian clay works, bursting at the seams with tools and machinery; discover the real-life stories and tales of the industry which shaped the landscape and lives of people in mid-Cornwall; and find out about Cornwall's largest mining industry, past and present.

Something for everyone

Children's adventure trail and play area

Find the flat rod tunnel and secret drum set

Dressing up, tug-o-war, quiz sheets

Woodland trails

Sensory trail and benches

Large print and easy-read guides, BSL clips

Guided tours

Creative workshops, activities and exhibitions

Enjoy our createive family workshops and activities or explore one of our fun seasonal trails. Try your hand at pottery painting, slay scultping and other crafts. Be sure to visit the Roger Preston Gallery where you'll find an inspiring programme of changing exhibitions.

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Facilities

  • TOILETS iconToilets
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  • ACCESSIBLE_TOILETS iconAccessible Toilets
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  • WHEELCHAIR_FRIENDLY iconWheelchair Friendly
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Opening Times

Open Daily: 10:00 - 17:00 Winter Opening: 10:00 - 16:00

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
  • Child (5-15) : £6.50
  • Babies and Toddlers (0-4) : Free
  • Adult (16+) : £14.00

Family Saver tickets also available. A full price ticket gives you free return visits for a whole year from the date of purchase. Buy online or on the day.

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Plan Your Visit

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FAQs

Yes, there is parking.

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Contact Details

Wheal Martyn, Carthew
St Austell
Cornwall
PL26 8XG
England

Tel: 01726850362

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