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Wheal Martyn, St Austell

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Set in 26 acres of woodland and amongst the remains of a Victorian china clay works nestled in the historic Ruddle Valley Wheal Martyn provides a fascinating day of discovery and adventure for everyone
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  • August 17, 2017
    Even if you don't have an interest in industry pop along to the mine as there is plenty to see and do and it is very informative about China clay. Every thing is explained on how it worked or how the ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The guided tour was a fascinating experience with a volunteer ex pit worker who added his own stories from the past. Well worth checking on the tours available before going - we were just extremely lu...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We loved our time here and although we didn't eat in the cafe (would have waited had we known) the food looked of the highest quality. As a veggie I always try to search out good eateries and this one...  more »
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  • It is quite a simple place and easy to follow not high tech in its presentation, it give it to you how it is (or was) Some old exibits conserved and presented where they were left, a nice woodland walk in the grounds and easy under foot. The walk takes you up to a view point to look over the modern quarry and see how the clay is extracted.
  • Excellent place to visit. A majestic waterwheel and interesting museum. Plenty of outside places to explore.
  • Lots to see. Well thought out for a variety of ages. Well sign posted. Indoor & outdoor resources.
  • Loved this place a great place to visit and to bring your four legged family members too.
  • Useful informative good cafe and nice staff

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Unless you want to use St. Austell as a base for exploring the area, consider staying in the picturesque Charlestown or a nearby beach town that boasts better views. St. Austell doesn't offer much to visitors beyond its proximity to nearby attractions and day-trip destinations. If you choose to stay here, there are a few local accommodations, including independent apartment or room rentals. However, the best options are in the harbor area of Charlestown. If you would prefer to stay along the Cornish Riviera, head to Carlyon Bay, Duporth, or Porthpean.
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