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“A fun morning walking”
Review of Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn
Ranked #7 of 46 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A fun morning walking”
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We visited here on Bank holiday monday, we enjoyed the morning walking through the museum then walking on the trails, there are some great views plus it's dog friendly, there is a children's adventure trail which needs a bit more adding but our son enjoyed, will definetly be visiting again soon

1 Thank Steve P
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English first
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good but could be better”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

a lot of walking and uneven paths a large area and would probably benefit from a guided tour to make sure that you saw all of the place and in the right order but none was on offer so we spent time wandering around a little haphazardly
The cafe was good food was of excellent quality a little pricey but worth it

Visited April 2014
1 Thank vaurien s
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Have been here twice over the last few years and enjoyed it both times. Kids were younger the first time (obviously) and this time teens. Mostly outdoors, good walks with some interest thrown in. Very reasonably priced and can revisit without having to pay again within a year. Coffee shop decent and well priced, all staff really friendly, would go again!

Visited April 2014
Thank MrsHoff
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Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wheal Martyn, found by accident and enjoyed”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

We stayed at a local B&B but arrived before the proprietors were ready for us to come in. They suggested Wheal Martyn for a cuppa etc. We found that Wheal Martyn was a museum spread over a quite large site and telling the story of china clay. At first, we were delighted to find that the cafe and shop could be used without paying an entrance fee, but after coffee and ice cream we decided to look around. The site is spread over quite a few outbuildings displaying the machinery used in the production of china clay and has some walks which pass water courses, water wheels and settling ponds to reach an over view of a working china clay pit. Be prepared to walk uphill to the over view along paths that might be rather muddy at times. The working waterwheels were fascinating, as was the water running all over the site. It needs rather more than an hour to take the suggested tour around the site. The reception in the cafe and shop was excellent, friendly and informative.

Visited April 2014
Thank migratingbudgie
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Ampthill, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fascinating view of our industrial heritage”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

It was cold and foggy when I visited in March (so foggy that I couldn't actually see anything from the Pit View, although I could hear the lorries trundling around below me). I was one of very few visitors that morning and was made to feel extremely welcome by the staff and volunteers. This museum works on a variety of levels from the picnic areas and nature trail, which are suitable for families and children, and for the more academic, there are detailed explanations of the geology of the area and the clear presentation of information on the industrial heritage and china clay extraction methods. Well worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Margaret R
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