Groups and Tours
Discover Wheal Martyn
Wheal Martyn offers something truly unique and is a ‘must see’ for groups visiting Cornwall. Home to Europe’s only China Clay Mining Heritage centre, and set within a preserved Victorian Clay works amongst 26 acres of woodland walks, Wheal Martyn tells the story of Cornwall’s billion pound china clay industry, which is still alive today!
You can take a guided tour, by arrangement, of the historic trail with our knowledgeable volunteer guides. Many of the volunteers worked first hand in the china clay industry, enabling them to offer fascinating insights which really bring the story to life. Following in the footsteps of the clay workers, you’ll learn about the lives of those who lived and worked in Cornwall’s dramatic Clay Country. You’ll see Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel, explore ancient buildings such as the crib hut, and see industry tools, vintage commercial vehicles and much more.
In addition, you can explore the nature trails and woodland. At the peak of the site, stand back in awe as you take in the spectacular view of a working clay pit with monstrous machines at work. If you are lucky, you may even get to see blasting in the pit! Pay a visit to our interactive centre and discover the amazing uses of china clay in all of our everyday lives.
Eat, drink and shop with us
We can provide a range of delicious Cornish fare for groups including homemade lunches, cream teas and buffets in our atmospheric café, set within a former clay work building. The adjacent gift shop sells a range of local gifts, books and gift food including Cornish wines and beers.
How long have you got?
Wheal Martyn can provide a day out on its own or can complement a visit to the neighbouring Eden Project, giving you the chance to discover the giant industry which led to the site of the Eden Project.
We frequently find that visiting groups do not allow enough time to really explore the site. Below is a rough guide of timings:
• 30 minutes – coffee stop in the café (no admission charge)
• 1.5 – 2 hours – guided tour, interactive centre and coffee stop
• 2 – 3 hours – guided tour, interactive centre and lunch
• 3.5 – 5 hours – guided tour, interactive centre, explore the rest of the site, lunch and shop
Access and group sizes
Wheal Martyn is just 2 miles from St. Austell and 6 miles from the A30 dual carriageway at Innis Downs (perfect for a stop off on the way to West Cornwall). There is ample parking for several coaches. There is no upper limit on group size as the site is so spacious; however, we recommend splitting up larger groups for the guided tour.
For group prices, to arrange catering or make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01726 850362