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Address: Trenear | Helston, 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 waterside 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 4000 year old unique Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds with a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery. The museum incorporates the acclaimed Holman Museum collection since 1979, historic mine & beam engine models and much more.
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Fantastic mine, great tour and well worth the visit, don't be put off by the look of abandonment from a lot of the rest of the site, one day maybe the rest will be as good as the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Of all the tin mines in Cornwall we chose Poldark for proximity to Redruth where we stayed. The rainy morning added to the atmosphere as we entered the mines for an introductory film. A real insight in to bygone times. The tour itself was led by a brilliant guide who was married underground 11 years ago. He was a great... More 

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Bath, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We took our two young children to the mine after our eldest requested it on a trip to Cornwall. We found the tour of the mine fantastic, but the area it is in was a little dated and tired.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a great time and learnt a lot from the friendly and helpful tour guides, will defiantly visit again in the future..

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fantastic mine, great tour and well worth the visit, don't be put off by the look of abandonment from a lot of the rest of the site, one day maybe the rest will be as good as the mine. I do think you need to get the entrance to the building tidied up, we nearly turned around and left when... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Just retuned from 2 weeks holiday in Cornwall.There were five adults and a 5 year old little girl in our party and we decided to visit a tin mine in the area we were recommended to visit the POLDARK mine by the wardens at the caravan site we were staying at so on a cloudy morning we decided to pay... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We decided that we wanted to see a proper mine in Cornwall so came here. It was a horrible rainy day when we went so we were both a little sceptical about going down the mine. We got to the ticket office to fine that it cost £20 to go down, being lowly teachers we decided this was too much... More 

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

This is the only mine the public can go down in Cornwall. It costs a huge amount to be able to do this due to pumping 50 million litres of water annually and a host of other extraordinary costs. Your comments are unfair and misleading as the price for our main mine tour is in fact £16.80 include 20% VAT... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Dear David as you respond to people who have there own opinion of which they are allowed as they spend there hard earned money to visit your mine I would like to have my say as a lover of the place over many years. As a family we have visited Poldark mine over the last 15 years as the children... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

For an attraction attempting to piggy back off a popular TV series it really lacked a lot of the features at advertised. Cafe? Not really a cafe more a coffee vending machine with a few chocolate bars, wood turning, candle making etc etc and at £50 for a family ticket, we could help but feel ripped off! The mine tour... More 

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

" THE MINE TOUR WAS GOOD" THATS WHAT WE DO!!! WE DO IT WELL TOO!!! WE OFFER AMAZING GUIDED MINE TOURS OF AN 18th CENTURY CORNISH TIN MINE and a chance to visit a Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument, a great museum and pleasant gardens with many historic exhibits and one of the very few remaining Cornish Beam Engines -... More 

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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Poldark mine was a very informative trip. We had 2 children and 3 adults in our party but only 1 child and 2 adults came. Even though this was a very good trip, we would not recommend it to a family with very young children. My daughter got to ring the bell to say that people were going underground which... More 

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

Thanks for your recommendation. Its good for us all here to know that your family had a memorable visit to the mine and enjoyed themselves whilst learning, hopefully on your next visit your younger children will be old enough to visit too. Children from around 4 years old are best able to enjoy the mine tours. Ringing the bell is... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

When I came to Cornwall on holiday I had a few things that i wanted to do - chill on beaches, drink doom bar and go down a tin mine. We kept looking through leaflets on things to do in Cornwall yet we could not find any tin mines that you could actually go down. We heard there was one... More 

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

SPOT ON! We were delighted to hear how you found Poldark Mine, a good tale and we trust you managed a few days on the beaches and the odd pint of Doom Bar! We have taken on board what you said about our web pages and will add some more about the mine with some additional images as soon as... More 

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