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Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
+44 1726 850362
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Interesting place

We were having a two day break in Cornwall as part of our holiday in Devon and decided to chose the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christine K
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
Good for families with small children.

This is an underused attraction! Lovely morning with my 8 year old. If you have a little one who... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
lemurgirl
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Boston
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“china clay” (147 reviews)
“nature trail” (29 reviews)
“working pit” (25 reviews)
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Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
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+44 1726 850362
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were having a two day break in Cornwall as part of our holiday in Devon and decided to chose the St Austell area. I passed this place many years ago and we decided this would be out destination. We had a tour of the...More

Thank Christine K
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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and made the most of what the site has to offer and learnt about the uses of china clay in our day to day lives. I apologise for the return ticket, they are...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an underused attraction! Lovely morning with my 8 year old. If you have a little one who is mad for trucks, this might be for you, but my non-truck mad girl liked it also. Much is outside so it would be good to...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and you found plenty to do whilst here. I hope you got your return ticket and we will be seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very little to do for two active boys aged 10 and 11. Museum part pretty old fashioned and not interactive elements. We spent most of our time in the gardens walking about as my grandsons were bored. Thought the entry prices were far too high....More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for leaving a review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit, generally feedback from visitors with active boys of those ages is very positive so I am sorry your trip was not as successful.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an unexpected gem this place is. Very easy to get to from nearby St Austell, this museum tells the story of the China Clay Industry. Whilst at first you may think this a dull topic - not so! China Clay was so important to...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and gained some knowledge of the industry. As you rightly mentioned, China Clay does sound like a dull topic but it is surprises most that come to visit. I hope...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this museum whilst holidaying in Cornwall and visited it not knowing what to expect.What a pleasant surprise we had finding out how clay was mined over the years. The guide Steve was excellent in taking us all over the site and explaining all...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for leaving such a lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and made the most of what the site has to offer. I hope we will see you here again on your next visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have paid several visits to Wheal Martin just to visit the tearoom. Homemade cakes that are to die for and a decent cup of coffee every time. Meals are available but that is not why I visit.

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoy your visits to the café and make the most of our array of cakes. Do come through and see the museum and site on one of your visits, it is well worth it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having moved to Cornwall from Dorset we are in the process of exploring and decided to visit here. One of our trio is in a powered chair, but access was easy, The museum is very good, inside and out and the restaurant is excellent. We...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and will be returning to see us soon. Access can be tricky so I am so pleased you were able to make it around. I look forward to seeing you on your...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent venue. We took the 90 minutes guided tour. This was very informative. We learnt a lot about the history of China clay production. The site is well laid out with lots of artefacts and plenty for the children.

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and the guided tour. I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an attraction I thoroughly recommend. It is reasonably priced, great attention to detail throughout, it has an indoor museum with lots of information and models, and outside there are lots of working exhibits. There is a great deal to see and photograph, excellent...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and made got the most out of the exhibits and site. I hope we will see you here again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with friends. This attraction far exceeded our expectations. We arrived about 10.15 and had a coffee in their charming cafe which you can access without paying an entry fee for the Museum. We then joined the guided tour (no extra charge). Our tour guide...More

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Sue F, Manager at Wheal Martyn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and Rogers tour. All of our guides have their own slant on the site tour and fun seems to be had by all. We look forward to seeing you again hopefully within...More

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mandajanesnell
21 August 2016|
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Response from eddsup | Reviewed this property |
Id say no, even though some of it is inside, you have to walk outside between the different buildings which are not very insulated so it will be cold and drafty.
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cornwallcrazy
11 August 2015|
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Response from James G |
Hello, dogs are welcome throughout the site with the exception of the cafe, however they are allowed in the atrium area adjacent to the cafe where there are a number of tables and chairs available so that visitors with dogs... More
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cornwallcrazy
11 August 2015|
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Response from matthew l | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are, but not on the carpeted area. There is a hard floored indoors area in the reception, and a (lovely) weather dependent area outside. You can walk the dog through the cafe to get outside and the staff are very... More
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