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Address: | Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 573173
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Tue 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened...

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. Its the only complete tin mine open to the public in Europe. The mine is an amazing atmospheric underground 18th century mine labyrinth 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 & wildlife. With an 1850 Cornish Beam engine, static railway engines, picnic lawns, millrace & ponds dating from Tudor times. The world's first recorded mechanical tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago in 1493. A Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds with a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery. The museum incorporated the acclaimed Holman Museum collection in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & much more. Please note, since closure in 2013 & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management and ownership in Summer 2014 many surface buildings are no longer in use. Some are to be demolished & others will be refurbished in due course. The gardens are being restored. Restoration of the mine & the famous underground guided tour has taken first place. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian.

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Glad we did it.

An excellent and passionate guide who was happy to interact with the tour party made this an unforgettable and thought provoking experience. There is nowhere else in the county... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My dad and I visited the Mine for the 11.30 tour today (Feb' 2nd, 2016) We were the only people for the tour and were treated like Royalty. Mum is disabled and didn't think she would have been suited to the tour, but the owner invited her in and she had Tea with the rest of the Staff. What really... More 

Thank ColinWall
Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found it most interesting well worth the visit ,I was made to feel most welcome ,any questions were answered with enthusiasm, loved the fact that some of the artefacts can only be found at the mine like the huge piece of fools gold .

Thank Paul K
Exeter, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

It was wet and windy autumn weather, but it didn't stop us to visit this place. So glad we did. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. A really must visit place if you're in the area. A little expensive, but worth the money.

Thank GlobeTrekkersss
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the tour was, with 2 children in tow (10 & 15) I was expecting to hear the words 'I'm bored' however we all enjoyed the experience on a mizzle day. I had booked in advance as it was half term holiday week, though as we arrived early we were able to join an... More 

1 Thank Tufty_B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

First visited over 30 years ago as a school trip and made a huge impression on me, so was very upset at the recent troubles it suffered. However the new team, in just one year have made amazing progress and continue to do so. Yes, its a work in progress, but just shows you what can be done with enthusiasm... More 

Thank Karen C
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Your wonderful words have brightened up our day here today. It poured with rain in the afternoon but we ran two tours with 15 adventurers taken into this ancient mine during morning sunshine. We are very grateful for your encouraging review of your experiences here on your visit and its good to know that all of our efforts are appreciated... More 

Hong Kong, China
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

As someone interested in Geology and Mining, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Poldark Mine. The opportunity to journey underground to an ancient mine was also not lost on my 8 year old son, who had a great time. Our tour guide (whose name I forget - 12:15pm tour on 31/10) was highly informative; providing an excellent insight into the... More 

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

Your report was not only warm but kind and helps us in our aim to restore the mine, the gardens and its collection of rusting but historic machinery . We always welcome those who like us are interested in Geology and Mining, its like being a member of the same club as we can exchange stories of mines and places... More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

An excellent and passionate guide who was happy to interact with the tour party made this an unforgettable and thought provoking experience. There is nowhere else in the county that you can experience this and to be able to see where the actual ore was wrestled from the earth was humbling. If you then mentally take away the facts that... More 

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

Its good to know how much you gleaned from your visit to this ancient mine. As we near the end of our 40th year open to the public we know that countless others have enjoyed and gained an understanding of Cornish Mining as a direct result of their visit to Wheal Roots mine. We are also glad you found the... More 

Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Would have got 5 stars but it was let down by the outside and also the price, £49 for a family of 4. The actual mine tour was excellent with a very knowledgeable guild and everyone was very pleasant.

1 Thank rockymarriott
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to visit this old mine. We are sorry that we are not yet fully restored but we have only had one year to get to where we are now since the closure and bankruptcy of the former organisation who allowed the place to fall in to disrepair for 14 years and left us with a moribund and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Visited during a holiday away. The price was approx £16 each and you get an hour down the mine itself. The staff member who showed us around was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I found it interesting learning about the history of the mine and Cornwall tin mining. If you enjoy history/museums then it's worth a visit.

1 Thank Craig H
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great visit to the Mine, the tour was conducted in a pleasant and pleasing manor by a very knowledgeable guide. you get a eight minute video to start with and then a leisurely tour of the mine and the usual gift and historical shops you must visit, will not be disappointed.

2 Thank Brian G

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