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Address: Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
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+44 1726 850362
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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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Lots to do

Friendly and helpful staff. Museum display good but found numbering on historic walk a bit confusing. Lots to see on walks. Interesting to go up to lookout and see modern day... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Friendly and helpful staff. Museum display good but found numbering on historic walk a bit confusing. Lots to see on walks. Interesting to go up to lookout and see modern day workings and compare to what we saw on the historic walks. Lots of space and a surprising amount to see. Pretty location and not too busy.

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Thank sirwayne2015
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am glad you enjoyed your recent visit and made the most of your visit. I will look into the numbering on the historic trail to see if there is anything we can do to make it clearer. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

As a local who has lived in this area for most of my fifty plus years I had never visited this place. I was very impressed with the information given and although I thought I knew a fair bit about the clay industry, I still learnt a few new things. There was a good mixture of indoor and outdoor exhibits... More 

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Thank andig36
Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. I am so pleased that you finally got around to visiting and made the most of what is on offer whilst here. You would be amazed at the amount of local people who say the same thing! Now you have your annual pass I hope we will see you a lot more often. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We visited on a sunny day but it was not at all busy so felt we had the place pretty much to ourselves. The entrance price we felt was very good value for money. This is an excellent place and you get enough information not to feel overloaded. It is kept very clean and the entrance area is impressive. We... 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 that you enjoyed your recent visit and made the most of what the site has to offer. We endeavour to have something for everyone in the museum, café and gift shop to make a memorable visit for all the family. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

St Austell, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Dropped in on a wet weekend afternoon for a cream tea. Light, bright café with vintage china and a giant pot of good strong tea. Two huge free-form scones which were crisp and warm from the oven and 2 bowls full of local strawberry jam and clotted cream. Excellent value at £5.50. Arrived feeling very damp and dreary - Left... 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 enjoyed your visit to the café, it is a lovely space to while away a couple of hours. I hope we will see you again soon for more delicious treats! More 

Letchworth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Wheal Martin is a real gem, the museum is interesting and informative. The outside area a pleasure to explore, our dog loves it. The staff and volunteers are friendly and happy, and the cafe lovely,(although it would be nice to bring the dog into the main cafe rather than the entrance foyer). We visit often with our pay once, visit... 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 are making the most of your annual pass. It is a lovely space and as you so rightly put it, a real gem. Keep an eye out in case our café policy regarding dogs changes! I look forward to seeing you soon. More 

England
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Nice long walk to the quarry on a good day would be better to see the quarry working & more people around to ask questions

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

Thank you for leaving a review. I am glad you enjoyed your walk. The quarry is working but some areas are not visible from the platform so I am sorry you couldn't make the most of that area. Hopefully when you return for your next visit there will be more to see. I hope we will see you soon. More 

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Good day out with the kids. More than just a museum... Lots to do. Kids play trail, nice walk to see the clay pit. Lovely cream tea.

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

Thank you for leaving a review. Glad to hear the whole family enjoyed their day and you made the most of the space on offer and the cafes treats. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Wheal Martyn should be on your "to visit" list when in Cornwall. Not only do you get to see and understand the history and current workings of the china clay industry that has shaped so much of St Austell and the surrounding area, but you can also enjoy a delicious cream tea in the café. Highly recommend the savoury version... 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 were able to make the most of everything that Wheal Martyn has to offer. It is good to hear that the information on offer is in digestible amounts and does not overload. I hope we will see you again soon. More 

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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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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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95 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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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 

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