Set in 26 acres of woodland, on the outskirts of St Austell, the UK's only china clay museum and country park provides a fascinating day out for all the family. The park is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits and provides visitors with a fascinating insight into china clay.
Whether you want to find out more about Cornwall'ôs rich China Clay heritage in the interactive visitor centre, fancy exploring the nature trails, relax in the cafe or or want a unique view of a modern China Clay pit at work with monitor jets and giant machinery, Wheal Martyn has something for everyone. Even dogs are welcome throughout the site! It's a blast at Wheal Martyn!
Granite has long since been the iconic building stone of Cornwall, but from the 16th to the 20th centuries, many Cornish houses were also built of Cornish bricks. Bricks were stamped with the name of the brickworks and some were made from waste sand and clay from the china clay industry.
Music has always been a mainstay of Cornish life and culture. In the industrial heartlands of the china clay and mining areas, silver and brass bands became popular in the 19th century. This modern cornet comes from the Bugle Silver Band, founded in 1848 and still playing today.
35ft Water Wheel
The 35ft waterwheel was made at Charlestown Foundry in the early 1880's. It is a pitch-back water wheel, the largest still working in Cornwall. It was used to pump clay slurry from the pit some distance away using a system of flat rods.
The 1934 ERF lorry, Model C15, saw the final years of it's working life with the Heavy Transport Company of St Austell. The lorry is currently being restored by a team of volunteers, and make regular guest appearances at events around the county.
Admission & prices
PAY ONCE AND VISIT ALL YEAR!
Once you have paid your admission fee you will receive a return ticket allowing you to re-visit as often as you like throughout the year
Children under 5 for free
Children (5-16) £5.00
Adults (16-60) £9.75
Concessions (adults 60+, students with a valid NUS card) £8.00
Family Saver Ticket 1 (2 adults and 2 children) £27.00
Family Saver Ticket 2 (2 adults and up to 4 children) £33.00
Group discounts also available on request
Come fill some of your half term days at Cornwall’s museums......
Pots of Stories - Celebrating Creativity at Wheal Martyn Wheal Martyn are proudly showing an impressive exhibition of work by school pupils from Roche School, St Dennis School, Cury School and Poltair School......
Indoor interactive displays
Cornwall's largest working water wheel
Victorian china clay works, machinery and equipment exhibitions
Children's woodland play area
Visitor platform overlooking a working China Clay Pit
Wheal Martyn provides a superb combination of interest, education and fun for people of all ages. As a result we are happy to provide group rates, welcome school visits and can cater for coach parties.
In addition we also provide:
Guided tours by arrangement
Activity sessions for children (call for details)
School Group visits - with led workshops from the Education Officer
Cycle/walking trail to St Austell and Eden Project (Part of the Clay Trails Project)
Volunteering opportunities for all ages
Free car/coach parking
Open throughout the year (Closed over Christmas and New Year)
T: 01726 850362
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St Austell, CORNWALL PL26 8XG