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Address: Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
Phone Number: +44 1726 850362
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Park tells the story of the men, women and children who lived worked...

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 Informative Reflecting the History of the Area.

Brilliant Modern Visitor Center. Excellent Cafe with a Wide Choice of Hot & Cold Food. Friendly Efficient Staff. Allow time to Explore the Vast Grounds, Especially the Viewing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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SW UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant Modern Visitor Center. Excellent Cafe with a Wide Choice of Hot & Cold Food. Friendly Efficient Staff. Allow time to Explore the Vast Grounds, Especially the Viewing Platform Where You Can Watch the 50 Tonne Lorries Whizzing Around Deep Down On the Quarry Floor. Take Grandad to the Museum for a Nostalgic Look at Things From His Childhood. Take... More 

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent museum charting the Cornish China Clay industry. This was our third visit to this site and it doesn't lose its attraction. Follow the various processes in situ. Lots for everyone to enjoy including railway wagons, locomotive, lorry, etc..The museum section is beautifully presented and full of interest. There is an excellent gift shop. Also a good cafe /... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called here when in Cornwall for a few days but found a lot of National Trust houses closed in the week. There are lots of things to see and do here for all the family and a very pretty place, We did the mine tour and it was very interesting, We called late and it was very cold but would... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came upon this museum by accident on a wet day in October, driving around. Although my 16 year old was not enthused at first, it turned into a lovely visit and we learnt a lot more about Cornish History. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and the museum was very informative. Lovely walk to the viewing pit with picnic areas... More 

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Hereford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Wow. What a great place to visit. During our visit anywhere we always like to do something that tells us about the area. Wheat Martyn's is exceptional at this. Their exhibition on China Clay is well put together. As you walk around you get a genuine feel for what life would have been like when the mine was fully working.... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This must be one of the best places to visit in mid-Cornwall as there is a lot to see, and something to keep all ages busy. Although not cheap to enter worth the money for the quality of the restoration and all the information concerning the Cornish Clay industry. There is a more than adequate café which sells good quality... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Very interesting to see how this industry operated however the map is not that simple to follow - we found ourselves back tracking a few times. However certainly worth a visit and I am sure children would love it. Tea room is also worth a visit

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went here after the Eden Project and it was a contrast in almost all ways. This visit was so educational in so many ways. The unspoiled, bare presentation of real equipment, engineering, industrial process and working life was enjoyable and in its own way exciting. No sense of commercialisation and a delight to visit. Congratulations to all involved.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Had a enjoyable day out at this venue comfortable access to all routes around the gardens and museum. The museum is most informative and well laid out. The shop was well laid out. The one thing I did not like when attempting to take a photo of the front of the museum all I seen was rubbish bins

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you leaving a review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and am sorry you couldn't get the shots you wanted. I hope you will return to see us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Excellent museum , friendly team and fascinating subject. The waterwheels showing the use of power in the Victorian era were excellent. Walking up to the viewing area to see 21st century mining was amazing. Who knew that china clay was used in so many products and was such an important export for the UK. Lovely café. Also walks from the... More 

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to leave a review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and got a really good feel for the size of the industry and China Clays many uses! I hope we will see you at Wheal Martyn again soon. More 

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