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“The place for the whole family - including the dog!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn
Ranked #8 of 39 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Perranporth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The place for the whole family - including the dog!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

Wonderful walks through time, showing how the china clay mines operated. Good explaination boards, a small park bit for the children and free parking. With it being reasonably priced and also having a very nice cafe & gift shop, there should be something to please everyone.

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English first
West Thurrock, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

Good challenge for children to keep them entertained whilst looking at the exhibits. There are lost Teddy Bears which have to be found. Our 4 year seemed Tobermory content. Historic trail was informative and good to see a water wheel in action. There's a children's play area and trail which can keep them entertained whilst eating your lunch. The nature trail leads you to a working pit which you can view the large bulldozers and trucks in action. The cafe was reasonable with a good selection on the menu. Ideal for a visit if weather not quite upto scratch to go on the beach, but only about half a day at max.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2011

Very reasonably priced . Set in a fantastic setting. Very interesting and educational. Very children friendly with great activity sheets to complete on the way round.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lovely place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2011

Before we visited here I was not sure what to expect but the displays outside were very interesting and was great to see a working clay pit in operation.
The displays inside were very wordy and the "tug-o-war" interactive part did not work.
The cafe was a lovely lunch stop for us to have a break and was serving lovely cakes!

Visited April 2011
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2011

I went here with a friend. We had both thought it might be dull but it was excellent. Very well laid out, lots of interesting information and nice indoor and outdoor areas. If you think it is an indoor attraction it isn't! There is lots to look at outside and places to walk. As in insight into the history of the China Clay industry in Cornwall it couldn't be bettered. A nice cafe too! :)

Visited March 2011
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