Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park

Clay workers in front of the pan kiln
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Set within 26 acres of woodland and nature trails Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park is the UK’s only heritage centre which tells the story of Cornwall’s billion pound China Clay industry and the lives of the people who lived and worked in the shadows of the white pyramids.

Wheal Martyn offers a great day out for everyone, set amongst the preserved remains of a Victorian clay works, now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There is an interactive discovery centre, industry tools and artefacts, Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel and much more! At the peak of the site you’ll discover spectacular views over a modern working china clay pit and there is a fantastic children’s challenge trail and cycle routes leading from the site.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

January to 31 March - Tuseday to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm

1 April to 31 October - Daily, 10.00am to 5.00pm

1 November to 24 December - Daily, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Last admission is one hour prior to closing time.

Closed: Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Admission charges

Adults £8.50
Concessions £6.50
Children (6-16) £4.75
Children (5 and under) FREE
Family Saver (2ad + 2ch £22.00
Family Saver (2ad + upto 3ch) £26.00


  • Museums Association

Industrial archaeology, photographs, archives and social history items relating to the china clay industry and the St Austell area.

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Teaching resources cd

A new cd of resources covering 6 units is now avaialble for £10. Subjects covered are: KS2 Science China Clay Habitats, KS2 Science On the Rocks, KS2 History Heritage of Clay, KS1 History Cookworthy (famous person). Also included are literacy and art units. Cd covers everything from programs of work to printable worksheets and top tips to take the hassle out of life for the busy teacher.
Loans boxs and handling items are available.
Group sizes are max 30 per session, but please talk to staff about your needs and staff will talior visits to your needs

How to obtain

For more information or to buy a resources cd please contact the curator on 01726850362. Check out our website for details and downloadable schools visit forms. Discount admission prices and free guided tours are available for pre booked groups.

Education Resource Packs

6 Packs covering following topics
General Introduction to China Clay
Geology of the china clay area
China Clay production and transport (pre 1930)
China Clay as an industry (modern day)
Social history of the china clay area
Ecology of the china clay country


  • Susan Dalloe

Loan Boxes

Artefact loan boxes covering topics
Domestic, Crafts, Mining, Rocks and Minerals.

Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park
St Austell
PL26 8XG






01726 850362


01726 850362

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.