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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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Very interesting mine tour but nothing else there now apart from a glass engraver who must be struggling to make a living due to the poor footfall currently being experienced... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very interesting mine tour but nothing else there now apart from a glass engraver who must be struggling to make a living due to the poor footfall currently being experienced. Current owners are content on sticking to the mine as the one & only feature, interesting concept !!

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I spotted this place on a random internet search for Poldark while visiting Falmouth. Went there but unfortunately missed the last tour after 3pm so left. Went on to have dinner at St Ives and decided to return the following morning. I am so glad we did, It was very welcoming and the underground tour price very reasonable. I found... More 

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

Reading your informed and honest review has encouraged us all here. We have been getting on with restoration and have had a team of specialists and professionals working in the mine in the past months to get the lower part of the mine safe and ready for longer and more interesting mine tours. We are delighted to note that you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Been going here for about 8 years now, sadly we went again yesterday and paid the full amount to get in, to be told afterwards that the gardens are closed off, the cafe was closed due to refurbishment, the panning for gold/gemstones was closed and the only thing left open was the actual mine tours. (None of this was stated... More 

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

Nonsense! This is the only mine in Cornwall offering genuine underground mine tours, its a unique and special place. This Cornish 18th century tin mine and industrial heritage museum is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. It is also the location of a Bronze age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning which was carried on here for around 4000... More 

Launceston, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

O dear- always wanted to go as a kid and finally got here in my 40's. It was probably good once, but most of it seems derelict now. We arrived and were pushed straight to the mine tour- and yes the mine tour is good. We only realised why when we re-surfaced, there's not much else to see! The museum... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Poldark Tin Mine, Gardens & Rural Open Air Museum. We are just that and with probably the most important collection of Cornish mining items that exists. Many items on display are unique and very old indeed. We are offering an amazing guided underground mine tour and our historic museum collection. You agree that the mine tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited with 4 friends 13/7 and we all loved Poldark mine. Yes a little rough around the edges but this ruggedness all added to the charm of this place. At £16.80 for an adult admission I felt this was very good value for money to look around the museum, grounds with various old machinery and the guided tour of the... More 

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

We are so very pleased to learn how you enjoyed your visit. This was good news for us and makes our efforts seem very worthwhile. We look forward to welcoming you to visit again and to showing you the deepest part of the mine that we have all been working so hard to get re-opened again following the flooding. We... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

i'm a real believer in recognising great service when I see it but also sharing poor experiences to warn others. As a group of four adults we found ourselves stuck for something to do on a rainy day while on holiday in Cornwall and found an advertisement in a local events guide for Poldark Mine. I telephoned at about midday... More 

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

We were not impressed at your adjusted record of events! You telephoned the mine in the morning and as a gesture of goodwill we agreed to hold some space for you, SUBJECT to our one condition. We did not charge you any money or ask for a credit card. Its a matter of trust with us here. As you acknowledge,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very interesting mine tour with knowledgeable guide unfortunately all the outdoor craft workshops and surface activities were closed on the day we visited making the price very expensive £65 for three adults and a student

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

Thank you for coming to Poldark Mine and Open Air museum. We are just that a MINE & OPEN AIR MUSEUM. We also have a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a great museum literally stuffed with a great variety of unique artefacts, some that are thousands of years old. Our machinery is of immense historic value too, one machine built in... More 

wigmore kent england
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was easy to find, well signposted, a tad expensive at £17 per adult entry. The journey into the mine was very good, we went about 130 feet, not for the feint hearted or disabled! or small kids! other than the mine trip, there was nothing else to do or see, other than a few bits on the shop! we... More 

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

We are so pleased that you found the mine tour so interesting and our guide knowledgeable. We have just two craft shops here and the Poldark Wood Turners Association is 100% run by volunteers, that day was Stithians Show quite close to the mine, and unfortunately their stand there needed to be manned too, they are looking for new members... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Dave bought this mine recently and reopened it. He is rebuilding it at the surface and deserves to be commended. But no work is required on the tour itself - Percy was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the trials and tribulations of working in a mine. You can't visit Cornwall without learning about the mines and this is a great... More 

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

Many thanks for your kind words of support. This means a great deal to us and is encouraging as we strive to restore and keep this historic place open. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Mine tour led by a guide with great local knowledge and passion for mining history made this trip unforgettable The site itself needs development for he future

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Many thanks for your kind words of support. This means a great deal to us and is encouraging as we strive to restore and keep this historic place open. More 

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Additional Information about Poldark Mine

Address: Trenear | Helston, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 573173
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Wendron
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 39 - 39

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