Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park

Type:Country Park/Nature Reserve

Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8XG

Tel: +44 01726 850362

China Clay Country Park, Carthew, St Austell


Following a million pound redevelopment the China Clay Country Park offers a fascinating insight into the authentic history of the communities that lived, worked and played in the shadow of the clay industry. Set in 26 acres of woodland the visitor can explore nature and historical trails leading up to a high viewpoint that gives a panoramic view of Wheal Martyn Pit a modern working clay quarry, from here can be seen the powerful water jets and massive trucks and equipment that extract this important material so essential in our everyday lives. The preserved Victorian clay works boasts Cornwall's largest working waterwheel and the collection of exhibits includes a rare 1914 Peerless truck and other historic vehicles. Throughout the buildings there are fascinating examples of the ingenuity of the engineers who worked constantly to improve the efficiency of the extraction processes.

A new interactive exhibition tells the more personal story of the people who worked in the industry. Here you can test your understanding of local dialects, test your strength by pulling against a village tug-o-war team and explore the modern industry through a video link. Throughout the year a variety of exhibitions will be staged in the Cookworthy Building, showcasing the talent of local artists, photographers and potters. Many of the exhibits will be available to purchase.

The site offers something for everyone, from the children's adventure trail through the woods, to the well stocked shop selling a range of gifts including local pottery and ceramics. Cafe Wheal Martyn has an interesting menu featuring local food and drink from the region and is an ideal place to meet for lunch or a delicious cream tea before you leave.

Discounted admission for groups (+10) Schools and colleges, family tickets..

Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Objective One, Imerys, Goonvean, Restormel Borough Council and Cornwall County Council.

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Attraction.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.50 per ticket
Child (5-16)£4.50 per ticket
Senior Citizen£6.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the east on A390 follow brown signs 'China Clay Museum'.
From the west on A390 ignore borwn signs, follow 'Town Centre' then B3274 for 2 miles.

Opening Times

2019 (17 Jan 2019 - 24 Dec 2019)

* 17th Jan - 25th Mar, Sunday - Friday 10am - 4pm
26th Mar - 31st Oct, Everyday 10am - 5pm
1st Nov - 24th Dec, Everyday 10am - 4pm