Things to do in Cornwall: Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn

Adventure, discovery and fun for everyone, even the dog!

Learn how Cornwall’s billion-pound china clay industry changed our world. Take a visit to the museum and country park’s Discovery Centre, for a wonderful family experience near St Austell.

Get hands on and discover interactive displays telling the story of men, women and children who lived, worked and played in the shadow of the china clay tips.

Experience Cornwall’s largest working water wheel, the fully preserved Victorian china clay works, monstrous machinery and equipment exhibitions. There’s even vintage commercial vehicles and a locomotive to find!

Fall in love with the 26 acres of woodlands just waiting to be explored and something which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The children will be having so much fun with following nature trails, monkeying around in the woodland play area and getting a great educational experience during their visit. Take the family on a cycle around the beautiful trails, and enjoy the stunning Cornish countryside and fully enjoy nature’s beauty.

Wheal Martyn provides a whole range of activities to keep the family busy. Such as: children’s activity sheets, guided tours (by arrangement), temporary exhibitions and children’s activity days. There is also free parking, and the site is open all year round.

Education is something Wheal Martyn believes strongly in. Therefore, expect all sorts of educational activities – learning something can be a fun family adventure! The team also work strongly to raise awareness of being green.

Wheal Martyn also offer their monthly Memory Café to help support people affected by memory problems, this is a relaxed and lovely environment for those who want a space and be provided with information.

Craft mornings are also well loved, where you can knit, crochet, sew or get crafty until your heart’s content! These sessions are held each month with the chance to get creative, share your ideas and learn brand new skills.

There’s also monthly Claylets sessions at the café, providing mums, dads and grandparents looking after toddlers and babies the chance to enjoy stories, rhymes, games and more!

Once your day draws to a close, you’re probably going to be a little peckish. Head into Wheal Martyn’s café, with a lovely outside terrace offering the best Cornish food and drink to tuck into.

There’s also squishy sofas, making it the perfect spot to unwind with a cup of hot chocolate! Before you go pop into the gift shop, selling a unique range of quality gifts and souvenirs – to remember your great day at Wheal Martyn. 

Your entry to Wheal Martyn allows you access through the year – pay once and visit all year!


Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG

01726 850362


Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn

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