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Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
+44 1726 850362
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Mostly A Good Return Visit

Our previous visit to Wheal Martyn had been on a very very wet day, so we were delighted to return... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Julie A
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Winchester, United Kingdom
Fascinating

What a wonderful place. We visited with our kids and dog and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris G
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“china clay” (147 reviews)
“nature trail” (30 reviews)
“working pit” (25 reviews)
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Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
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+44 1726 850362
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"china clay"
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"nature trail"
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"working pit"
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"pit view"
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"clay works"
in 12 reviews
"working quarry"
in 8 reviews
"clay pits"
in 9 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 18 reviews
"outdoor exhibits"
in 5 reviews
"water wheel"
in 7 reviews
"interesting museum"
in 12 reviews
"guided tour"
in 13 reviews
"st austell area"
in 5 reviews
"teddy bear"
in 7 reviews
"nice cafe"
in 11 reviews
"country park"
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"coffee and cake"
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Reviewed yesterday

Our previous visit to Wheal Martyn had been on a very very wet day, so we were delighted to return on a warm dry day to explore the site further, sadly too late to join a guided tour, (which we now know run just twice...More

Thank Julie A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. We visited with our kids and dog and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Great informative displays that really open your eyes up to how much mining in general means to Cornwall. Excellent old artifacts and brilliant to look around. The trail upto...More

Thank Chris G
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time here. Staff in cafe very friendly and efficient. Good scones and soup. The site itself is very alive with a good mix of information and working areas. I had no knowledge of the China clay industry and found it fascinating.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I went with my mum, nan and 4 year old son and we couldnt believe how much there was to see and do, including: Lots of exhibits indoors and outdoors. Several trails to follow in beautiful surroundings. Children's obstacle course and Q&A trails to follow....More

Thank Rebecca K
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and made the most of the site, trails etc. I hope we will see you again soon and next time you return you get to finish exploring the rest of the site.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed looking around the old china clay works, and seeing how they processed the raw clay into the finished product. With the machinery powered by the ingenious flat rods from the water wheels. There is an enjoyable walk through...More

Thank L3K
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and really got a feel for the site. I hope we will see you back here again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve lived in Cornwall all my life (too many years to share!) and have driven past this place on hundreds of occasions. I decided from a Facebook post I saw to give it a try during the summer holidays with my children and I’m really...More

Thank sirhhpet
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For someone like me who loves old mines and finding out how things used to be done then this is a really good place to go. The original site has been looked after as best as it can. There is lots of information on how...More

Thank Ben D
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and made the most of the site. We look forward to seeing you here again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do not attempt to go meet this place unless you would like to be spoken to rudely, made to wait over 45mims for food. When food came out the soup had clearly been nuked in the microwave causing a horrible crispy edge round the bowl...More

Thank Nicky B
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I am sorry to read your review and how disappointed your were with your visit to our café. They apologise if you felt that they had spoken to you rudely as that was not how they intended to come across. The lateness of the food...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out spoiled by over a half hour wait for food in a cafe that was almost empty. Worth visiting for the mine workings and museum but I would take a packed lunch or drive to St Austell for something to eatMore

Thank Jonathan O
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the museum. I am sorry your experience in the café was not as enjoyable, I have passed the feedback to the café team who are looking at further training to ensure...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandchildren here as we have a locals pass, have been on several occasions. Lots to see, very informative and interesting about the history of Wheal Martyn. The children particularly enjoyed the outdoors exploring in a very lovely venue. The shop is very...More

Thank Julie H
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoy visiting and make the most of your locals pass. It is a great day out for the whole family and I am pleased your grandchildren have fun around the site. We will hopefully see...More

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mandajanesnell
August 21, 2016|
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Response from eddsup | Reviewed this property |
Id say no, even though some of it is inside, you have to walk outside between the different buildings which are not very insulated so it will be cold and drafty.
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cornwallcrazy
August 11, 2015|
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Response from James G |
Hello, dogs are welcome throughout the site with the exception of the cafe, however they are allowed in the atrium area adjacent to the cafe where there are a number of tables and chairs available so that visitors with dogs... More
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cornwallcrazy
August 11, 2015|
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Response from matthew l | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are, but not on the carpeted area. There is a hard floored indoors area in the reception, and a (lovely) weather dependent area outside. You can walk the dog through the cafe to get outside and the staff are very... More
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