The UK’s only China Clay heritage centre set within 26 acres of woodland walks and amongst the preserved remains of two former Victorian Clay works you will discover the fascinating story of Cornwall’s billion pound China Clay industry and find out about the lives of people who lived and worked in the shadows of the “white pyramids” as well as how China Clay has shaped the world we live in today.
There are ancient buildings to explore, nature trails to follow as well as a vast collection of industry tools and artefacts, vintage commercial vehicles and Cornwall’s largest working water wheel. The story is brought up to date at the peak of the site where you will discover a spectacular view of a modern working clay pit with monstrous machines in action and if you are lucky you may get to see blasting in the pit!
Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s important billion pound china clay mining industry. The industrial and social history of this vital Cornish industry are explained through artefacts and interactive displays and the story is brought right up to date with a spectacular view into a modern working clay pit at the top of the site.
There is also an interactive discovery centre with displays and exhibitions. Here you can test your understanding of local dialects, try your strength against the village tug-o-war team and meet a Victorian kettle boy.
There is something for everyone of all ages, dogs are welcome on leads and children can have fun on the adventure challenge trail through the woods or play in the play area.
Open every day, 10am to 5pm. Last entry to site is 3.30pm to allow time to explore exhibits.
Tel: +44(0)1726 850362