Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn, St Austell: Hours, Address, Wheal Martyn Reviews: 4.5/5

Wheal Martyn
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Cara Spaniel
Cambridge, UK47 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Our visit to Wheal Martyn could have been better, we thought it seemed quite busy when we arrived as struggled to park. On trying to enter we realised why. They were having a craft fair which made entering the foyer difficult as the stalls left very little room, not only this but someone was selling raffle tickets right in the doorway stopping anybody for coming in or out. There were just to many people in a small space not great at anytime let alone in the current circumstances.
Written November 21, 2021
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Julie
4 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
What a lovely place to visit, very interesting and informative. It’s dog friendly, well maintained and clean. The cafe is great too, all staff really friendly and helpful.
Written November 4, 2021
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Doris
3 contributions
Sep 2021
What a fascinating place. I had no idea how clay was mined and left very knowledgeable. So much information available with films, information boards and models, etc. very well presented and informative. Well worth a visit.
Written September 25, 2021
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Tony M
London, UK9 contributions
Sep 2021
Eye opening with a good coffee shop. Well organised and lots to see and investigate. We knew little about the clay industry before we went but got a good insight into the history of it all.
Written September 18, 2021
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cheshire3131
Runcorn, UK301 contributions
Sep 2021
One of the best places I have been to visit whilst staying in Cornwall. I was greeted my a lovely lady who explained things perfectly. Very informative and in a lovely peaceful setting. Walking around at your own pace it is very well laid out. Plenty of walks which take you to other places away from the main attraction. Very dog friendly.

They also have a lovely cafe which is reasonably priced which has seating both inside and out.

Please give them your support if you're in this part of Cornwall.
Written September 16, 2021
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Kernewes 🌼
Cornwall, UK5,248 contributions
Aug 2021
I try to visit Wheal Martyn at least once a year; not because I have a burning interest in industrial history but to support a museum that showcases one of the industries at the heart of the “real” Cornwall. It is a reminder that Cornwall is not all “quaint” harbour villages where fishermen mended their nets on the quays but has a “gritty” side too. The area around Wheal Martyn is a reminder that the china clay industry is still producing. Those rolling hills are grassed spoil heaps. There is just one conical heap left near St Austell. It is protected from being flattened.

When I visited in 2020 restrictions had just been lifted allowing staff on site and it was noticeable that it had been closed. What a difference this year!

The building work has been completed and the new visual displays can be seen. The waterwheel and pumps were working. Displays had been smartened and refreshed. I absolutely loved the photographs taken by people of the local area taken during lockdown. These are displayed all around the site. This time I didn’t walk up to the viewing point where a working pit can be seen – the huge trucks look like matchbox toys.

In the new gallery was an amazing exhibition (now ended) of the paintings by local artist Kurt Jackson. He worked outside during the winter painting scenes around Little Johns pit. It was good to see paintings of Cornwall that didn’t feature the sea!

The displays are something of an eye opener as to the conditions under which people worked. Sadly the interactive items are not available due to Covid but hopefully they will be soon.

I recommend a visit to this museum if you have an interest in the culture and history of Cornwall.
Written September 15, 2021
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louisa p
Cardiff, UK30 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Visited here many times. Wonderful woodland walks with information boards detailing the history of Wheal Martyn. The viewing platform gives a great view of a working China clay mine. Museum exhibits excellently laid out, and of a wide variety. Lots of information and history about the local area.
Also visited the cafe - food hit and fresh and great quality. Definitely worth a visit. Free entry for a year with one admission price is a bargain.
Written September 14, 2021
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lemspar
London, UK37 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A very well organised and interesting day out. It started with an interactive walk through the museum which then led out to a choice of walks around the clay works at various levels. There are informative plaques attached to all historic buildings and machinery.
There's a teddy bear hunt for the youngsters, a nature walk and a walk to the top to view a working clay pit.
Dogs are welcome throughout.
There is a shop and a lovely reasonably priced cafe.

The only negative points were there were not enough bins around and the toilets are all near the bottom and not very well sign posted.
Written August 11, 2021
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Joy M
Stirling, UK73 contributions
Jul 2021
Great experience here.
Learn loads and loved the walk round too.
More informative than I expected.
So much more pleasing to be here than Eden Project.
Much less expensive.
Lovely cakes in the cafe which looks to be used by locals too.
Written August 9, 2021
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Brian and Chris... C
6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Our visit was a trip down memory lane having taken children to Wheal Martyn as part of an annual residential field trip to Cornwall. It was good to see the new reception area and the well laid out and informative exhibits. The Historic Trail and walk up to the Pit View was well with the effort after an excellent lunch in the cafe - the homity pie and treacle tart were homemade delights.

All the staff were most friendly and welcoming while Richard was a font of knowledge and not just about china clay!

We look forward to taking advantage of our annual pass when next in the area.
Written July 17, 2021
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Wheal Martyn is open:
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM