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


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

  • Clayworks Exhibition

    Jenny Beavan and Stuart Thorn have pursued many artistic connections linked to the china clay industry over the last 25 years. Clayworks is a festive celebration of some of their achievements. On display at Wheal Martyn from 17 April until 10 July 2023. Read more

  • The Stowes Duo at Wheal Martyn

    Join us for a night of music with The Stowes Duo, featuring front man Kevin Brinn on vocals and bouzouki, and the newest member of the Padstow quartet, Jamie Wakeham on banjo. Read more

  • Joe Francis at Wheal Martyn

    An amazing songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornishman Joe Francis has released two critically acclaimed albums and shared stages with many international artists such as Seal, Paolo Nutini, Seth Lakeman, Richard Thompson, Cara Dillon, Rosanne Cash, LeAnn Rimes, The Waterboys and more. Read more

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