Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum and Country Park

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Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum and Country ParkWheal Martyn China Clay Museum and Country Park

Wheal Martyn, China Clay Country Park offers a great day out, set within 26 acres in the heart of Cornwall the picturesque site includes nature trails, woodland walks and is home to the UK's only china clay heritage centre, set amongst preserved remains of a Victorian clay works.
You'll see Cornwall's largest working waterwheel and stand back in awe at a spectacular view of a modern working clay pit! Witness modern mining in action, discover how the industry has changed over 250 years and the lives of those who lived and worked in the shadows of Cornwall's famous ‘white pyramids'.
There are ancient buildings to explore such as the crib hut and vintage commercial vehicles including a locomotive. The rich history of the clay industry is brought to life in the interactive centre which tells the story of china clay from past to present, has historic artifacts, photographs and audio visual displays.
There's a wonderful café, gift shop and children's play area.

Modern Industry Tours
Through the peak season Land Rover tours taking you through the modern mining process from the working pit through Fowey Docks from where the clay is exported. Pre-booked only, call for more information.

Author's Review

Wheal Martyn is not only Cornwall's most unique attraction, but one of the United Kingdoms also. Cornwall is very famous for its mining history and so it should be! The hard conditions these Cornish miners had to endure was absolutely staggering and all this becomes very apparent at this museum. Many attractions featured within this chapter all said that a chapter about Cornwall wouldn't be complete without the presence of Wheal Martyn, but that's not the only reason why I featured them as one of my Top 100 Attractions, they made it into this book purely on merit. The visitor experience at this attraction is such that that it will be on your mind long after leaving, now that's the sign of a Top 100 Attraction. I have to be totally honest though, it's not possible to sum up Wheal Martyn in just 150 Words, so let me sum it up in two, ‘Truly Fascinating' .

 

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St Austell, Cornwall,, PL26 8XG

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