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Address: Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
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+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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Great day out for the kids

Having either lived in Cornwall since I was 18 with the Royal Navy, visiting now on holiday or visiting family living in the area, never have I visited the clay pits. Now having... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
Martin S
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58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Having either lived in Cornwall since I was 18 with the Royal Navy, visiting now on holiday or visiting family living in the area, never have I visited the clay pits. Now having wished I had before I can make up for it with summer visits. The kids loved learning about how you get the clay out of the ground,... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so pleased you finally got around to visit and had such a lovely time. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Really good place for all ages, lots of space for toddlers to run around, some interactive activities,although art table always seems to be short on supplies. Nice picnic areas scattered about. Nice cafe. Knocked one star off, as food in cafe takes a while to arrive, and we had a problem with getting dairy free food, (due to my grandsons... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I am ashamed to say at the age of 60 plus this is the first time I have visited this place. As a True Cornishman and a lifelong resident of the Clay Country I already know a lot about the China Clay Industry. I live a few hundred yards from one of their biggest pits (now closed). I passed my... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so pleased that you have finally visited and got some much from the site. It is a lovely area to walk around and enjoy and I am glad you made the most of this. We do have a site conservation management plan in place and we are working through these areas to... More 

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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I never thought china clay production could be so interesting, but this museum really brings it to life. Learn all about the history and the methods through the ages and see a real-life clay excavation. Highly recommended, well worth a visit!

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. It is a lovely site and not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of an interesting day out but as you said it is well worth the visit. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

From the large car park to hours of outdoor exploring, this place certainly knows how to hold your interest. There is a well stocked gift shop and a cafe with a good and varied menu. The staff are really friendly and very helpful. Well worth a visit to this most interesting heritage site in Cornwall.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Very interesting visit, educational some great views too. Dog was welcome on a lead. the countryside walk would be too challenging to any who were not quite fit. We were able to have a cup of tea with soya milk, and there was available a choice of Dairy and Gluten free cakes. Lovely

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

A most interesting museum and country park with the added benefit of a very good cafe. Lots to see so set aside at least 2 hours; more if you're eating at the cafe (highly recommended). Both inside and outside exhibits and a couple of trails through the wooded site with a view down to a working china pit at the... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We visited on a very damp dreary January day. There was hardly anyone else there. A very good introductory exhibition just inside the door, then you pay to go into the museum proper and also explore the extensive outdoor exhibits, work buildings etc. and also the large grounds which include a viewpoint over the current working mine. There is also... More 

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 December 2016

A guided tour of the old clay workings. See into the working pit. Many old machines and a guide tour. The cafe has simple fare but good.

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Somerset UK
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

On are way to St Austell for a few days and passed this attraction . Went back the next day for a visit well worth it so interesting had the place to ourselves but not very economical for the attraction , pity as it is worth visiting rain or shine and the nature walk through wooded area is very nice... More 

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