at the UK's only china clay mining museum

Coronavirus update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have taken the difficult decision to close Wheal Martyn and postpone all events, activities and exhibitions until further notice. Read our full statement.


Author: Annabel Underwood

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.



Friends of Wheal Martyn

By becoming a Friend of Wheal Martyn, you are supporting our work, which is driven by our purpose of preserving and keeping alive Cornwall’s china clay mining heritage, which has shaped our world.



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2020 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

  • Get creative with us!

    If you're looking for something creative to do, join our online competitions! Read more

  • Pre-loved clothes fashion show and sale

    Our fashion shows are one of the highlights of the year! The event is all about encouraging environmentally friendly fashion, through the up-cycling and re-use of pre-loved clothes. Read more

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