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Wheal Martyn

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Address: Wheal Martyn | Carthew, St Austell PL26 8XG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1726 850362
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Cafe food very very good. Lovely day out

We come here for forest school and really enjoy it. I now have a year pass which is great for days out. The children love it. Lots to see and loads of nice walks. The cafe is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
minky o
Mevagissey, United Kingdom
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Mevagissey, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We come here for forest school and really enjoy it. I now have a year pass which is great for days out. The children love it. Lots to see and loads of nice walks. The cafe is wonderful! The food is excellent. I love the soups and the bread which it comes with is delicious.

Thank minky o
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited the cafe as lunch time on the Easter Saturday as a 80th birthday treat. We were not given our full order and when we enquired we were asked to pay again for the missing items? Eventually they admitted they made a mistake but had run out of food so we had to have our money back. Only 6... More 

Thank Kestel
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum was very good although some of the technology needs updating . We walked into the cafe to find lots of uncleared tables from previous customers and a large group having there cream tea they had ordered 9 in total but asked when they would get the 3 teas not yet revived . We placed our order for 2... More 

Thank wills1960
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't recommend this place enough, great walks around the grounds, insight into the past as well as the present day workings. Friendly and informative tour guides. Food in the café was good too. Genuinely can't fault this place!

Thank Postiedan
Dorset, United Kingdom
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356 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a surprising little Museum with a good under cover. But the best part is the walk around the grounds which show the old workings with a walk up through beautiful woodland to the new quarry. A lovely couple of hours.

Thank Babyalmie
Greater London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Wheal Martyn with the family, four kids of all ages. Quiet when we were there, very well laid out museum with informative and interactive displays. Great nature walks and kids adventure course, and a nice walk up to the open working clay pit. What is missing is some hands on with clay, making and firing, keepsakes for the... More 

Thank MrBouali
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! What an amazing little museum. We spent several hours walking around the exhibits and I tractive displays. An amazing amount of artifacts on display. Very informative and we'll laid out. Lovely walk up to the view of the current working mine. Nice cafes for coffee/lunch/afternoon teas etc. School parties welcome. Disabled access to most areas is very good. Large... More 

Thank AJH59
United Kingdom
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79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The last time we visited Wheal Martyn was about 8 years ago and to be honest at that time we found it to be a bit bland, but not so now, there has been a vast improvement in those intervening years, a lot of money has been spent on developing the museum, and the grounds, which were wonderful to walk... More 

Thank Joan J
Bedford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic. Starting from the museum we went to the biggest working clay pit. The views are brilliant , from there we we taken to the settling tanks which are huge. Then onto the drying shed. Very dusty but well worth it. The best part to me was the drive through the tunnel to Fowey and the docks. If you... More 

Thank Gillian S
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe has very uncomfortable chairs for a start. It feels like a greasy spoon cafe with tables full of uncleared plates and food. In face judging from the food left we should have walked out! It wasn't at all busy so there was no excuse. Service is slow, deathly slow. The counter was finally manned and we submitted our... More 

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