Wheal Martyn

Discover the past and present of china clay

Set in 26 acres of woodland walks, nestled in the historic Ruddle Valley within two former clay works, Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s important billion pound china clay mining industry. The industrial and social history of this vital Cornish industry are explained through artefacts and interactive displays and the story is brought right up to date with a spectacular view into a modern working clay pit at the top of the site.

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Reasons to Visit

  • Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel
  • Interactive discovery centre
  • Spectacular view of a modern working clay pit with monstrous machines at work
  • Children’s challenge trail and play area
  • Exhibitions and displays telling the fascinating story of the industry
  • Vintage commercial vehicles and locomotive
  • Woodland walks and nature trail
  • If you are lucky you may even get to see blasting in the pit!

Planning your visit


Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park
St. Austell

PL26 8XG


01726 850362 info@wheal-martyn.com



Opening times

April to October, daily, 10.00 - 17.00 November and December , daily, 10.00 to 16.00 January to March, Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 16.00 Closed between Christmas and New Year


Adults - £8.50 Children (6-16) – £4.75 Children (5 and under) – Free. Concessions - £6.50

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