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Address: Wendron TR13 0ES, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 573173
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Description: One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened to...
One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened to the public over 40 years ago, the mine is a location of the BBC Poldark TV series 2015 & 1977. Poldark is amazing atmospheric underground 18th century tin mine with oodles of history, set in a wooded riverside demesne in the heart of rural Cornwall. An open air museum in south facing gardens filled with birds and wildlife with an 1850 Cornish Beam engine, railway engine, picnic lawns, millrace & ponds dating from Tudor times. The world's first mechanical tin mill was here over 500 years ago. A unique Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning with a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery. The museum incorporates much of the acclaimed Holman Museum collection, historic mine & beam engine models and much more.
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Don't be put of by the slightly jaded exterior of this attraction. The museum may be a little cluttered and not well organised and the outside attractions in need of a little TLC... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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plymouth
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plymouth
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Don't be put of by the slightly jaded exterior of this attraction. The museum may be a little cluttered and not well organised and the outside attractions in need of a little TLC BUT the mine is amazing! Once you don the hard hat and step into the mine you will enter the world of the Cornish tin miner and... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Poldark Mine and for your very helpful feedback which is important to us as we are all working hard to restore the gardens and museum to their former excellence. We all love this place as did the author Winston Graham who launched his last Poldark book here in 2002 when he was almost 95, he and... More 

Grantham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I wish I could give a better rating because the good is very good and the bad is rough. The tour guide is superb, so knowledgeable and happy to share this, very interesting to listen to and patient. The mine itself is incredibly interesting and wonderful to see. The down part was, I'm afraid the cost. Now I really do... More 

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

We are all really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to this special place where tin working has been carried out for close to 4,000 years. The charge for a couple of hours at the mine, gardens and museum including free parking and a guide book was only £10 plus VAT! We are part of the UNESCO Cornish Mining World... More 

St Austell, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My visit was on 17 march 2015, having only come from st.austell (20 or so miles away) and surrounded by mining of a different nature (clay) I could fully understand the importance of keeping the history of mining alive as poldark mines new owners are trying to do. Before my visit i was aware of the neglect and selfishness of... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fun place to go to, the tour guide was super too, best to go when it's not school holidays as the place fills up fast, we took our own picnic as normally the prices are sky high! The mine itself is only for able body people as it there's a full slippery places down there, there's a nice little museum... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a very cold and wet day but had a warm welcome from the lady that sold us our tickets and Percy the tour guide. He's 82 years old (but does not look it!) and knows everything about this mine. Very cold down there and uneven underfoot, so dress appropriately. We had a reduced entry fee of £12.00... More 

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Helston, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Poldark Mine is also a museum where you get the opportunity of see how the tin mining was carried out. The is a good collection of tools and equipment to view and the place is generally full of interest. A real education for children especially visitors from up-country who would never see the conditions under which the tin was... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Poldark on a February morning, it's only open on Wednesdays, so it's was very quiet and we were the only ones there, however we were still allowed to have the tour, we had one just for the two of us. Percy the man who showed us around was lovely, he was very passionate about the mine and... More 

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

Thank you for coming to see us and we are all pleased that you enjoyed your guided tour with our wonderful veteran guide, Percy. He keeps us all smiling. You are right in that the mine is extraordinarily expensive to run. In the winter we have small revenues but what with constant pumping of over 40,000 gallons each and every... More 

Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the mine tour because it was led by a knowledgeable, personable, humorous guide. I last visited around 10 years ago with my small children who enjoyed the tour - but more particularly the sifting for "jewels" in the sand pit - which I was sorry not to see. The place obviously needs a lot of money and... More 

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

Its good to know that you enjoyed your visit to the mine and our guide it seems from what you say that Alan took you down underground. The feedback and advice you gave is greatly appreciated and these aspects are something which we are actively pursuing at present. When you came the last time 10 years ago, the last owners... More 

Yateley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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