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Poldark Mine

Trenear, Wendron | Helston, Cornwall, Helston TR13 0ES , England
+44 1326 573173
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Ranked #12 of 15 Attractions in Helston
Type: Mines, Cultural
Owner description: An amazing underground mine with oodles of history, set in a delightful demesne in the heart of...
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Type: Mines, Cultural
Owner description: An amazing underground mine with oodles of history, set in a delightful demesne in the heart of rural Cornwall. An open air museum with lovely gardens, picnic lawns and a leat and ponds dating to 1493. Site of a Scheduled Ancient Monument and an interesting museum and collection of machinery.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A group of 7 of us (4 adults & 3?children) went to and found the tour of the mine really interesting with a very knowledgable tour guide ... However for 7 of us it cost just short of £100 and we were there 1 1/2 hours !! The surrounding buildings, cafe, play area and gardens have had no attention or... More 

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David E, General Manager at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to see Poldark Mine and Open Air Museum. Its good to know that you found the guided mine tour so interesting and informative - so at least we are getting that part correct! The price including VAT for the underground guided tour for 4 adults and three children is only £75 and not the £100 you mention!... More 

Littlehampton, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We visited Poldark MIne today and had a fantastic experience. Overall the attraction needs some TLC but the mine tour was absolutely brilliant. Our guide was so informative and the mine was so full of atmosphere. The history of the place was fantastic. Will definately go back next time we visit Cornwall and we hope the rennovations over the winter... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Incredibly informative and interesting tour giving a great insight into not only the working mine but the lives of the miners. A real gem.

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

We went to the mine not knowing what to expect, safety helmets were provided and needed. The going underground was through narrow passages and down steep stairways. It was wet under foot and quite cold so take appropriate clothing and footwear. The tour was by an x miner who explained things very clearly. It was clear that the mine as... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was a very interesting destination, The guide was knowledgeable and spoke with a calm and authoritative voice. I'm glad we had safety helmets on as some of the ceilings were quite low. The visit brought home the working conditions that Cornish Tin miners had to endure long ago

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Bournemouth
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The outward appearance of the place was a bit tatty, but this could have been due to the fact that it had only recently been taken over by new owners. The mine itself was a fascinating experience. After an initial delay due to flooding, (one of the pumps had conked out!!!), the underground part was quite exciting. The conditions those... More 

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David E, General Manager at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit Poldark Tin Mine and Open Air Museum. Its good to know that you had an enjoyable visit. We are sorry that we had a bit more water than we should have when you arrived, however such events usually make visits more interesting. We pump rather a lot of water each day - in fact... More 

London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

On this year's visit to Poldark Mine we were very pleased to hear that it is under new management and ownership. The new owner has exciting plans for the mine and we were relieved that it has been saved. There is a lot of work to be done but this can only happen with the support and understanding of the... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We (two adults and a 13-year old) enjoyed our visit very much. Aside from the mine workings themselves, the site as full of interesting historical material, and the whole place has a real magical quality. We thought it was value for money, but I gather that the site is undergoing major improvements over the next few years, so perhaps some... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We called in but on seeing the admission prices, didn't stay. £15.00 per adult is a bit steep in our opinion.

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David E, General Manager at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

What a pity, to have come to see us and then not go down into the mine. The only complete tin mine in Cornwall that you can visit. In actual fact you could have come in for just £1 or £3 - Our price of £15 per person for the underground guided mine tour reflects the costs we have to... More 

Penzance, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We took a trip to Poldark Mine today ... I used to go there as a child and wanted my daughter to see it. On arrival, we were disgusted at the tour charges, £15 each making a total of £45 for the three of us. I refused to pay such ridiculous fees and we decided to take a look at... More 

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David E, General Manager at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Our charge for the underground mine tour is very good value for money, the nominal charge for entry to our gardens and museum at just £3 must be one of the lowest in the entire county of Cornwall!! More praiseworthy than disgusting. We clearly recall the appalling behaviour of this group of three people who were also exceptionally bad mannered... More 

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