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Wheal Martyn

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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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Facinating historic industry

I had never thought about how or where china clay came from, how it was produced or how the industry came about and where its at now. You will learn all this and more at this well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2016
K S
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I had never thought about how or where china clay came from, how it was produced or how the industry came about and where its at now. You will learn all this and more at this well preserved open mine dating from the early 18 hundreds, and the bonus is that behind the mine is a working clay mine, but... More 

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1 Thank K S
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit, it is a lovely space and offers a great way to tell the story of the industry. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

Midlands
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have to say that we didn't pick the best of days to visit this attraction. It was a grey day with a threat of rain and that did not help. It is not an ideal place for people with mobility issues as there are steps, uneven ground and slopes. The museum is very interesting and informative and there are... More 

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1 Thank yellowhippo
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am pleased you were able to make the most of the site even in the grey weather. Being based around a Victorian Clay works there are some areas that are not accessible to people with mobility issues which we endeavour to point out when showing the map of the site. I am glad... More 

Swansea
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The china clay works has an outstanding history which is cleverly told. The site and museum contains all the ingredients to make an informative and historical passage through time in the production of china clay. A "wheal" treat awaits you in the café. A wonderful selection of home made meals, pastries, heavenly cakes and cream teas to die for. Maggie,... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your recent visit and got a real feel for the industry past and present. We may have to steal your "Wheal" treat idea, glad you made the most of what the café has to offer! We will hopefully see you again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

It is a wonderful place to visit for the whole family. You get to see a quarry owned by lmery the China clay company. There is some huge excavation vehicles deep in the quarry and an area where there is other attractions.You could spend the day there quite easily.If you get bored there is the local brewery quite nearby in... More 

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Thank Richard W
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am glad the whole family enjoyed their visit. I think a Cornish beer is a perfect way to finish off the day. I hope we will see you here again soon. More 

Marhamchurch
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

This is a good attraction, but perhaps a little difficult with both wife and two small kids in tow, on a wet August day. Basically there are more child friendly attractions around, but I think that a holiday should be about more than sand and fluffy animals. We should all be suffering a bit and learning about what all the... More 

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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 and the little on embraced the teddy bear hunt. We endeavour to tell the story of China Clay in an interactive and fun way to give the opportunity for people to take in as little or as much information as they would like so hopefully you were... More 

St Austell, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We loved the café. Great staff, toys for the kids & free wifi a bonus with 2 kids. Wonderful locally sourced ingredients and produce. Great choice and they cater for non gluten food and they have soya milk. The gift shop has loads of great gifts. Loads to do in the museum. My kids did the teddy bear hunt which... More 

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and the whole family made the most of the site. Our café is a lovely space and we try to offer something delicious for all to enjoy. We will look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Sitting on the edge of St Austell, the relatively new entrance to this museum is fringed by some impressive statues coated in China clay. The reception area includes a shop and pleasant airy cafe in which we enjoyed a very good cream tea. The first part of the museum is indoors and highlights many aspects of clay mining in an... More 

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Thank David J
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving such a comprehensive review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and made the most of what the site had to offer including our lovely cream teas. We will look forward to seeing you again in the near future. More 

Newport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

15 years ago we enjoyed this as a couple and said kids would enjoy it - took us this long to get around to bring our two (11 & 9). Fantastically friendly cafe with awesome cake (the fluffiest coffee cake I've had in a long time and beautiful apple friendship cake) - we were in no rush and this is... 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 glad you did manage to get back with the children and that you all made the most of your visit. It is a lovely space for the whole family to enjoy and I am pleased you enjoyed the cakes! I hope we will see you again maybe within... More 

Canvey Island, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Visited here for the second time. Very interesting place. Some lovely walks with a nature trail and one to see the working pit. There is a cafe and they do a lovely cream tea.

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Thank Lorraine D
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review and for visiting again. Glad you made the most of your visit and enjoyed your cream tea and hope we will see you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I really enjoyed learning about the history of the China clay industry in England. It was totally new to me. Exhibits were excellent. I had a lovely coffee and cake in the cafe. Signage needs to be changed though - I drove past it twice.

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Thank Carole H
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and made the most of all areas on offer. The signage is an area that we are working on at the moment so will hopefully soon be improved. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

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