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Wheal Martyn Clay Works
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St. Austell

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Wheal Martyn
St. Austell
Cornwall, PL26 8XG
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Discover Cornwall's secret at the UK's only china clay museum, set within 26 acres of atmospheric woodlands.

Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in your everyday life that still shapes Cornwall and the world today…china clay!

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. 

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’.

Find out about Cornwall’s largest mining industry, past and present, and catch a glimpse of modern machines in the working clay pit.

Wheal Martyn is a dog friendly, indoor and outdoor museum. Explore the 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. 

A vibrant cafe and gift shop are free to enter. 

Pre-booking of tickets is currently required via Wheal Martyn's website, where further Covid-19 measures are also available.

Accessibility Information

Wheal Martyn is a historic site and some areas have limited access by nature. However, the Discovery Centre, shop and café are fully accessible and every effort has been made to make as many areas of the wider site as accessible as possible. Find out more information here.

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