Wheal Martyn is now open to visitors, in line with recent government announcements on the easing of coronavirus restrictions.Working clay pit at Wheal Martyn

Our team have worked hard to implement essential steps which will ensure that the museum and grounds are safe for all visitors and staff. Visitors are required to pre-book timed slots online to avoid a concentration of visitors on arrival and to enable social distancing. This does not limit the duration of your visit; the large, open-air spaces within the historic grounds provide ample space for people to enjoy a safe experience at their own pace.

ERF lorry at Wheal MartynNew signage, a visitor guide sheet and floor markers are in place to help visitors navigate the site safely. One-way routes will naturally prevent close contact with other visitors, and hand-sanitising stations are available at the entrance and other key points. The café is offering takeaway food and drinks, which can be enjoyed in the spacious outdoor seating area set within the historic remains of a Victorian clay works building, and all staff have been trained on how to be COVID-safe.

Sue Ford, Wheal Martyn’s Manager said:

“We are so pleased to be able to welcome our community and visitors back to Wheal Martyn after three months of closure.
Our extensive historic grounds and largely outdoor museum offer a safe space to reflect, soak up the natural environment and enjoy a sense of normality after the full lockdown. It’s a place to escape and relax for a few hours, and somewhere to spend quality time safely with friends and family. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover a little more about the industry that shaped where we live or stretch your legs as you explore the walks!”

Extra cleaning measures will ensure that the facilities are safe, and contactless payments will be encouraged in the café and gift shop.

We are offering free entry to NHS workers, but they must still pre-book time slots via the website, which is also necessary for Cornwall Residents’ Pass holders.