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EXPLORE – whether you want to find out more about Cornwall’s rich China Clay mining heritage, discover the Victorian clay works, stroll the nature trails or see modern mining in action at Pit View – a visit to Wheal Martyn offers something for everyone……even the dog!
DISCOVER – find out more about the magical ingredient that you never knew existed in products you use every day – paper, toothpaste, rubber and of course ceramics – plus lots more!
ENJOY as a family – your children will love tearing around and exploring everything there is to see at Wheal Martyn. There’s plenty to capture their imaginations from giant waterwheels to vintage trucks, a train plus a fantastic adventure play area where they can let off steam in the fresh air.

Opening Times:

Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Walks & Trails


Pit View

Clay Trails

Take a day trip out:

Things to do  at Cornwall’s China Clay Museum

Plan your days out with the kids in Cornwall, visit Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum.  There’s plenty of things to do and see in Cornwall, come and explore our outdoor and indoor collection and learn about Cornwall’s china clay mining heritage on your day out in the South West. Families wanting to find things to do in Cornwall with the kids are spoilt for choice at Wheal Martyn, we have a range of interactive displays and there’s plenty of open space for children to run and play freely.

Wheal Martyn is a perfect attraction to visit in Cornwall come rain or shine, the museum is open all year and provides a superb combination of interest, education and fun for people of all ages. Be inspired by the Victorian clay works, the historic buildings tell the story of the men, women and children who lived, worked and played in the shadow of Cornwall’s ‘White Pyramids’.

There’s lots of thing to do in Cornwall, we also provide:
•  A programme of events throughout the seasons
•  Children’s activity sheets
•  Guided tours by arrangement
•  Temporary Exhibitions
•  Free car and coach parking
•  Open throughout the year (Closed over Christmas and New Year)

Please be a responsible visitor

Wheal Martyn is committed to being as green as it can in all that we do. Here are a few things you can do to help save the planet

•  Give the car a rest
•  Shop locally
•  Reduce, reuse, recycle
•  Be water wise
•  Respect nature
•  Support green tourism businesses

Click here to read our Responsible Visitor Charter

Bike Hire is available locally from Pave Velo and they will drop the bikes to you – St Austell 01726 64950