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“Interesting, Fun and Held the Kids Attention” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn
Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
01726 850362
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Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Park tells the story of the men, women and children who lived worked and played in the shadow of the clay tips around St Austell. With a history dating from 1746 to the present the museum is situated next to a modern clay pit which can be seen from a spectacular viewing platform. Cafe and shop with Cornish produce.
Kendal, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, Fun and Held the Kids Attention”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

When faced with a 'non-beach' day in Cornwall there are hundreds of options that face you to entertain the family. When you apply your filters of price, location, interest, childrens ages etc this attraction crops up. Some of the bigger attractions in Cornwall will rush you for £70-100 for the family and are still weather dependant. CCCP, with 2 adults, a 9 year old and a 5 year old cost us just over £20.

It's reasonably easy to find being close to St Austell and signposted. If all else fails just look for the 'pyramids' that tower over the local landscape and you won't be far off! Parking was ample.

There is a chest of mining hard hats for the kids to wear throughout the visit...not actually required but just for fun which plased my 2. Saved the obligatory gift shop until after the visit and ploughed on through the museum/exhibit bit. There are some exhibits to interact with and it was all very interesting if not a little depressing as you realise the past size of the mining operation comapred to what it is now. Off into the fresh air to follow various trails via a free guide. Dotted around the trails and exhibits were hidden a number of tiny teddy bears the kids had to find (reward was a lolly on exit). This made them search the entire park and get very tired in the process. Lots of interesting outside exhibits including a large working waterwheel, rail cars and a steam train were encountered before we set off on the longer trails. One took us to the working clay mine where it gave you a feeling of the scale of operations and you could see the workers washing out the clay with high pressure hoses and large trucks etc rumbling about. At the end of the nature trail there was an outside childrens play and picnic area incl. a childrens challenge trail to race around.

Gift shop last where we did a bit of shopping at prices you'd expect at these establishments.

In summary it is good for about 3 hours unless you take a picnic and chill out further in the grounds. It was interesting enough for all of us to get something out of it and at the price I felt if offered value for money. If the day hasn't brightened up then there are other half day attractions close by such as Charlestown's shipwreck centre that you could tie in with.

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Learnt SO much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We weren't sure about visiting this attraction. Wet and windy day in August - but we had a good time and as one other reviewer says - it's a lot more fun than it sounds!
The info about mining china clay was well presented and there is a lot of interation for younger members of the family. The tools and transport exhibits were fascinating - viewing the pits working was definitely one for the boys! Very nice play and trail area for kids. VERY dog friendly - they are allowed everywhere except for the restaurant - but the management team have placed tables near to the restaurant so that you can still enjoy a coffee and cake indoors with the dog in tow. Great woodland trails to walk the dog as well. Staff were friendly, welcoming and informative.

Visited August 2012
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Somerset
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“Surprisingly interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Wasn't fussed about going here, thought it sounded boring, but visited because my other half wanted to see it. So glad I did. The entrance lobby is light, airy and exhibits are spaced comfortably apart. This leads you deeper into the exhibition and before you know it you are eagerly reading and studying the exhibits and looking forward to the next item.
It rained when we were there, but they keep a supply of large umbrellas to offer visitors, so we were able to go outside and follow the paths to the water wheels, drying yards etc etc. The walk up to the Pit View is so worth it. The scale of the operation is mindblowing. Took photos but you have to see it to appreciate the size.
I learnt a lot during my visit, and will look with new interest whenever I see the spoil tips in the future. I also understand how good the industry was for Cornwall, providing employment for whole families.
Can't remember the entrance fee, probably about £10 per adult which is very reasonable for such an interesting few hours.

Visited July 2012
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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“A good day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Hard to believe that having seen the signs for years that we did not visit. Well we did visit and it was excellant. A true look into the history of clay mining in Cornwall. The exhibits were well presented and had been looked after. Much of the museum is outside and this shows the nature of the place. Follow the trail to the working mine attached to see it in action. The restaurant serves a good cup of tea and cakes. There is also a shop. If the weather is good take a picnic
as there are plenty of benches to sit at. Car parking is good and is also free.

Visited June 2012
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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“So your here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Now you have the taste for the area,drive around old St.Austell and see the devastation that was caused by China clay pits. Some are quite awe inspiring while the water filled pits seem to cry out for boating lakes and water sports.
End your trip wit a visit here.

Visited May 2012
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