at the UK's only china clay mining museum

Why visit

Dig deep and discover the special ingredient in your everyday life that still shapes Cornwall and the world today…china clay! It hides in your toothpaste, your paper, your car tyres and even your cosmetics. It’s a billion pound, global industry. We are telling the story of Cornwall’s secret, and the people who brought it to you, from the heart of Clay Country.




Please consider making a donation to Wheal Martyn. Your donation will go where it is most needed; for example, preserving our collections or the Victorian clay works, providing educational opportunities or developing community activities such as our Memory Cafe.



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Amount raised: £580.50

Get your Cornwall Residents Pass

If you live in Cornwall, enjoy a year of visits for a discounted cost of £9.00 per adult and £5.00 per child.




Tickets: From £5.00

Author: Annabel Underwood

Location: Wheal Martyn Clay Works,, St Austell

2023 is a great time to discover Wheal Martyn 


Acres to Explore, Discover and Enjoy!


Years of mining at Wheal Martyn and new facilities and exhibitions launched


Months admission with your ticket

Upcoming events

  • The Beautifully Mundane Exhibition

    A collection of photographs of everyday life in Cornwall, from Michael Redmond, together with words from contributors including Philippa Perry, Richard Coles and Sathnam Sanghera. Read more

  • Cornish Mythology Talk

    In the past, Droll tellers used to visit towns in Cornwall sharing news, gossip and folktales. To celebrate national storytelling week, Wheal Martyn is hosting a droll day of Cornish stories. Read more

  • Loving Nature Trail

    Follow the trail boards to discover the variety of plants and animals that call Wheal Martyn home. Find out more about these species which make our historic museum grounds so special. Read more

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