Wheal Martyn – clay works

A great day out in Cornwall – infused with Cornwall’s history

Check out the original Victorian Clay Works, bursting at the seams with tools and machinery and real stories of Cornwall’s largest mining industry. Whether you want to learn about the clay industry, explore the woodland walks and trails, visit the Discovery Centre or have a slice of cake in the café, Wheal Martyn is the place for you. You’ll get the chance to see Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel and the amazing modern working China Clay Pit. Wheal Martyn has something for all ages and interests.

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Lots of children’s activities at Wheal Martyn


Wheal Martyn is an Area Centre for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, or Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, covering the nearby Luxulyan Valley and the former mineral port at Charlestown.

The China Clay History Society is an integral part of Wheal Martyn, being formed to stimulate interest in the study of Cornwall and Devon’s china clay industry, while helping to further the charitable objects of Wheal Martyn Trust. Since 2001 membership has grown to nearly 250.

20 minutes from Ruthern Valley.

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