Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum


Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum

Wheal Martyn in St Austell is Cornwall’s only China Clay mining museum, in fact it is the UK’s only china clay mining museum. The museum tells the story of the mining industry, which is still alive today. 

Set in 26 acres of grounds, Wheal Martyn incorporates a preserved Victorian clay works and gives insight into this important industry which shaped the lives, landscape and economy of the Clay Country which surrounds St Austell and beyond.

The museum provides opportunities for everyone to learn, be inspired and engage. During your visit you can interact with their vast collection of artefacts, archives, built heritage and environment within their unique and special grounds.

Wheal Martyn is located in the village of Carthew, between St. Austell and Bugle on the B3274, 2 miles north of St. Austell and 6 miles from the Innis Downs junction on the A30 dual carriageway. Open daily from 10am to 5pm,Click here to visit their website for full details.

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre


Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown with an opportunity to venture through underground tunnels that were once used to load clay on to ships moored in the harbour.

The Shipwreck Centre shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown with an opportunity to venture through underground tunnels that were once used to load clay on to ships moored in the harbour.

The museum contains the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe with nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. These rare artefacts bring stories of the sea to life with rich tales of triumph, treasure and tragedy alike.

There is a newly a stocked shop at the end of your visit offering a variety of nautical treasures, Poldark gifts, extensive wine selection that was delivered by tall sail into the Charlestown Harbour as well as Cornish souvenirs.

We are also proud to stock unique items from the Greyhound, a tall sail vessel that travels around Europe selling high quality food goods.


  • Guided tours are available for organised parties booked in advance.
  • Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • The Shipwreck Centre is also proud to be dog friendly!

For more: https://www.shipwreckcharlestown.com/lovedays

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan


The Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Considered to be one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England, it has become one of the area’s most popular attractions.

But previously lost for decades, buried under years of overgrowth, the estate was once a far cry from the beautiful and unique environment it is today.

Heligan’s fascinating history, which dates back to the 1200’s, is peppered with many twists and tales. With the outbreak of World War One, many of the estate’s workforce went to fight, many sadly not returning, resulting in the start of Heligan’s demise.

The gardens and land remained unsold or undeveloped in the years to come and it wasn’t until the 1970s when Heligan House was sold and turned into private apartments.

Rediscovered in 1990, work began in earnest to restore the gardens and in Easter 1992, the doors were swung open to the public. Today, visitors can explore over 200 acres and discover the estate’s many horticultural offerings.

Heligan’s restored Victorian Productive Gardens stands as a working memorial to the estate’s lost gardeners. More than 300 fruit, vegetables and herbs are lovingly grown and go onto supply the Heligan Kitchen. Marvel at exotic glasshouse fruits learn about Victorian crop rotations and explore the flower garden and melon yard.

Meanwhile the Pleasure Grounds give visitors the chance to journey across the world with ancient rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, Maori-carved tree ferns from New Zealand and a Mediterranean inspired Italian garden.

Offering an even more exotic experience is Cornwall’s only outdoor jungle garden. Adventure through the tropical gardens and find giant rhubarb, banana plantations and lose yourself in tunnels of towering bamboo.

With plenty more to discover through acres of woodland and estate, Heligan waits to entertain, educate and please every member of the family. Open all year around, apart from Christmas Day, even well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome.

For more information visit www.heligan.com

The Eden Project


The Eden Project

The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, UK. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, located 2 km from the town of St Blazey and 5 km from the larger town of St Austell.

The Eden project have a full programme of events and community activities throughout the year. Please click here to visit their Facebook page for full details or go to their website click here.

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