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Poldark Mine

| Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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Heritage at it's Best

The story of Cornish Tin Mining is very interesting. Walking through the mine gave an insight into... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Helen1852
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Melbourne, Australia
Excellent Mine Tour

Really enjoyed our visit to Poldark Mine, David the guide was very knowledgeable and the mine... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
R A C
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Tour Times from 1st April to 28 October - 11.00 12.15, 1.30 and 2.45** [** The 2.45 tour must be reserved by telephone] - Please arrive at least 15 minutes before advertised times - Check our website or Facebook page for better time & other information. Poldark Mine is the only complete underground tin mine open to the public in Europe and offers memorable atmospheric underground expertly guided tours through several levels of the 18th century parts of the mine labyrinth. One of the oldest educational visitor places in Cornwall, it was founded in 1966 & opened over 40 years ago by the late Peter & Jose Young with the help of many volunteers. Peter coined the phrase ‘a little piece of heaven on the B3297’ Fame came due to the use of the mine by the BBC for all of the underground sequences for the current 2015-2016 BBC Poldark series, and for the original 1977 production. Winston Graham, the author, launched his twelfth final book in the mine's gardens in 2002 when he was 94, the books are available in the mine's bookshop. The unusual setting in a wooded riverside South facing demesne filled with birds & wildlife is in the heart of rural Cornwall & forms a gateway to the Lizard Peninsula which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Nearby is the lovely Helford River famous for Daphne Du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek'. The mine, museum & informal country gardens are filled with oodles of history, the garden is dominated by an 1846 Cornish Beam engine, the very last to work commercially in Cornwall 'til 1959. There are static engines, picnic lawns & a bandstand used for performances & Sunday afternoon brass band concerts. The Trenear Mortar, a unique 4000 year old Bronze-Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds. The millrace, aqueduct & ponds date from before Tudor times when the world's first water powered tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago before being recorded in the Royal Duchy Rolls in 1493 & are believed to have been created by innovative Cistercian monks experts in early hydraulics and metal working from early times. The monks at Rewley Abbey Oxford were given the Wendron Church lands in 1296 and the Black Prince added further lands in 1354. The museum has a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery, its core is from the acclaimed Holman Museum which was gifted in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & more. Since rescue & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management & ownership in summer 2014 some buildings & the gardens are being restored. New sections such as the history of Methodism in Cornwall are now included due to the profound effect it had on the lives of the mining community, the collection of artefacts includes two complete chapel organs. Restoration of the mine & the historic underground guided tour has taken priority. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian. Volunteers are always made welcome.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The story of Cornish Tin Mining is very interesting. Walking through the mine gave an insight into the history of Cornwall. The workings really made mining come to life. Our guide Rob made the experience memorable. He made his subject, amusing and very interesting. All...More

Thank Helen1852
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to Poldark Mine, David the guide was very knowledgeable and the mine itself was amazing. The garden is very pretty and we enjoyed an excellent coffee but it's such a shame to see all the empty, scruffy buildings that seem to...More

Thank R A C
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks indeed for coming to visit us, and also for the FIVE STARS! We are glad you enjoyed our coffee and had an enjoyable time in the mine and in the garden. Thanks for your sensible suggestion. Sadly, we have a rather a lot...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here and were really impressed with the tour of the mine. Wayne was an excellent guide and so full of interesting information and stories about mining in general. We were taken down to see the conditions that the men would have worked in albeit...More

Thank Diane H
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We really do appreciate your FIVE STAR review, many thanks indeed. Its rewarding to hear how our visitors get a real insight into the plight of the 18th century Cornish tin miner as explained by our guides. Wayne is one of the best and has...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very very interesting couple of hours visiting the exhibits, mine and tea room. The trip into the mine was amazing. Our guide, Wayne, was both informative and amusing. The conditions for the men and boys working down the mine for 72 hours a week have...More

Thank 938CliveH
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

All of us here remember chatting with you during your visit. Many thanks indeed for the FIVE STARS - this is wonderful for us and we are delighted that it was your most memorable experience in Cornwall - great praise indeed! We try to tell...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to poldark mine me and my sis did mine tour was very good fair price but the building need work and the shop too priceyMore

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the three stars – however we believe that our mine tour is worth five stars..... this is a mine and we try to keep the ramshackle look that mines had, we call this "Mineshackle". Not everyone has the perception for this. Some of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our two young sons. We opted for the guided tour underground. Our guide was great describing the life of a miner and how the mine operated, and giving an overview of the history of Cornish industry. Absolutely fascinating and all the staff were...More

Thank Gary S
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Gary for voting us FIVE STARS... we are gratified to hear how much you and your family enjoyed your visit and delighted to see how much you recommend others to visit us. We are happy to share the history of Cornwall and its...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the mine on Saturday as part of our Anniversary weekend (10 years = tin!). Thanks to Percy who made the trip underground a fascinating experience. He was informative and knowledgeable and only too happy to answer any questions posed. We had two youngsters on...More

Thank Debbie M
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Happy Anniversary! We remember chatting with you and wish you both many more happy years. Percy has been guiding here for over 25 years and he loves sharing his knowledge with young people for whom we all try to give special notice, especially by Percy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a rainy day my wife and I took to poldarks mine. The mid afternoon tour by Wayne was very informative who threw in some topical references relating to the BBC show of the same name (for fans who came here for that reason), is...More

Thank Damian B
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

FIVE STARS !! Many thanks indeed. We are sorry about the rain, and we did have rather a lot too, with added howling winds just for effect! This is the real Poldark Mine of course so we do ensure that we explain where the filming...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a family of 4. The ticket price was just short of £50, which did seem quite expensive. The museum which you walk through before the actual mine was interesting! Actually it was all really cluttered and full of stuff for which I...More

1  Thank matron68
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and for the award of FIVE STARS! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for your encouraging words. We are conscious that the costs of the running of the mine are very...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful. Full of our tin mining history. With a tour down a tin mine lots to see lots to learn Fabulous gardens well kept and great olde world tea room A must visit if you are in this part of CornwallMore

Thank Sharon D
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We really appreciate the award of FIVE STARS following your recent visit to this historic place. We are also very pleased that you enjoyed the gardens and our olde world tea room - this greatly encourages us and thank you for telling others of the...More

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Johnny1016
what is the price per adult...thank you
9 February 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
sorry, I can't remember - it was months ago. Try their website
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Paul K
how long will it take me to reach you from bath somerset ? I have a satnav
25 January 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not at Poldark, I am in Kent. I only visited it last year. If you punch it into you satnav it should give an ETA
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Eileen M
We would like to know the best way to travel from Falmouth, Greenbank Hotel area to Poldark Mine using public transportation. Thank you.
5 July 2015|
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Response from David E | Property representative |
Only spotted your question this evening. The choice is a taxi or a 'bus. Its worth mentioning that the timing of your journey by 'bus is important - allow two hours for your visit to the mine and museum, aim to be at the... More
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