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, conserving the natural environment or developing our community and education work.



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Amount raised: £80.50

Pottery workshop

Join us for a relaxed pottery workshop using a mould from the famous Spode china collection to create your own piece.




Tickets: From £25.00

Author: Becky Moran

Location: Wheal Martyn Clay Works,St Austell, Cornwall

2022 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

  • People of the Industry exhibition

    People of the Industry is an exhibition that celebrates the men and women who have worked in the china clay industry over the last 200 years. Read more

  • Clay and nature

    What can you make from a portion of clay whilst exploring the outdoors at Wheal Martyn? Read more

  • Clay and nature

    What can you make from a portion of clay whilst exploring the outdoors at Wheal Martyn? Read more

Latest news

  • Historic clay wagons preserved

    We've successfully completed a project to restore two unique historic artefacts, thanks to funding from the Association of Independent Museums and the determination and hard work of a small group of volunteers. Read more

  • New Sensory Trust project ‘More Than Words’ launches at Wheal Martyn

    We warmly invite everyone to a relaxed day, exploring the new sensory experiences that have been created as part of the new ‘More Than Words’ project. Join us for the free launch event on Saturday 19 March, 10am - 4pm. Everyone is welcome. Read more

  • Dig deep at Wheal Martyn this February half term

    Explore your local heritage at Wheal Martyn this February half term with our exciting new activities programme, inspiring exhibitions and beautiful outdoor grounds. Read more