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.



Target amount: £0.00

Amount raised: £590.50


Step behind the scenes of our china clay museum to join the team before we open to the public!


Author: Annabel Underwood

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

  • Davey and Dyer at Wheal Martyn

    Join us for an evening with Davey and Dyer - two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music and members of internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. Read more

  • True Foxes at Wheal Martyn

    True Foxes are an up-and-coming, BBC Introducing South West, female duo from West Cornwall. Comprising of cousins Amie Parsons (lead vocals/ guitar) and Chloe Payne (vocal harmonies/bass), they blend pop-folk songwriting, soft rock country and atmospheric harmonies, to create hauntingly beautiful and catchy melodies. Read more

  • Wine & wisdom fundraising evening

    Join us on Thursday 9 November for our ‘Wine & Wisdom’ fundraising quiz evening at Wheal Martyn Clay Works. Come along with friends and colleagues, have fun, show off your knowledge and of course raise funds for your local heritage centre. Read more

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