Wheal Martyn Clay Works

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Wheal Martyn is currently closed to visitors, in line with national Covid-19 restrictions. 

For updates, please visit Wheal Martyn's website.

Discover Cornwall's secret at the UK's only china clay museum, set within 26 acres of atmospheric woodlands. 

Check out the original Victorian clay works, bursting at the seams with tools and machinery. Explore the real-life stories and tales of the industry which shaped the landscape and lives of people in mid-Cornwall. Find out about Cornwall's largest mining industry, past and present, and catch a glimpse of modern machines in action in the working clay pit. 

Take a stroll along the nature trails, woodland walks and adjoining 'Clay Trails', scattered with nature and heritage. Why not bring your dog along too? On your way, see if you can find the workers' historic crib hut, view the rather curious settling tanks and beautiful vintage vehicles, and see Cornwall's largest working water wheel.

Explore the interactive Discovery Centre indoors, featuring displays and exhibitions. Test your understanding of local dialects, try your strength against the village tug-o-war team and meet a Victorian kettle boy.

Children can get active on the adventure trail, dive into the dressing up box and let off steam in the play area. Keep an eye out for our exciting activities throughout the year! 


  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • WiFi Available
  • Food & Drink
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop

Opening Times

  Open Closed
Daily 10am 5pm

Wheal Martyn is currently closed in line with national Covid-19 restrictions.


Adult 17+ £9.75
Children 0-5 FREE
Children 5-16 £5.50
Family Saver - 2 adults and 2 children £28.00
Family Saver - 2 Adults and up to 4 children £34.00

All visitors to Wheal Martyn should pre-book timed arrival slots online, including Residents Pass holders. This will ensure social distancing guidelines can be maintained. 

Contact Details

Wheal Martyn
St. Austell
PL26 8XG

Telephone: 01726 850362
Email: info@wheal-martyn.com
Web: http://www.wheal-martyn.com

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Upcoming Events

Kurt Jackson Exhibition - Monday 17 May 2021 to Saturday 04 September 2021

We are delighted to present an exhibition by contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, influenced by his time at Littlejohns China Clay Works. Kurt’s work is fuelled by a long standing interest in Cornwall’s extractive industry and its role in shaping the physical landscape, culture and heritage of the county. Kurt worked in situ, observing the workers in the pit as they extracted and transported the china clay in an extraordinary manmade landscape. The exhibition includes new mixed media paintings, from huge tarpaulin-sized canvases to small intimate studies. The subject matter ranges from the ‘washing’ of the clay with high pressure monitors, to the blasting of the rock and breaking and transportation.

Find out more about this exhibition here.

Free (normal museum admission applies). 

Pre-booking is required. 

Special Offers

Present your device to the cashier

Present this voucher to receive £1 per person off the standard admission prices.

£1 off per person (max 6 persons) at Wheal Martyn Clay Works.

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or the family saver ticket.  

Valid for the 2021 season.

REF: For One & All Voucher