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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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Real history, not tourist tackiness

Don't expect perfection here because this previously very run-down enterprise, is under new ownership and the new owner is gradually returning it to an interesting attraction... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Don't expect perfection here because this previously very run-down enterprise, is under new ownership and the new owner is gradually returning it to an interesting attraction, The underground tour was fascinating, and there is a great deal of history here. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly, as was the owner. There is a charming little stained glass shop on... More 

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

Thank you for your encouraging words from all of us at Poldark Tin Mine and Rural Open Air Museum. This is greatly appreciated and your insight of what we are striving to do and preserve has hit just the right note. Do come and see us again later in the year and we will be delighted to welcome you to... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We bought a family ticket for £46 which entitled us to a 1-hour tour of the disused mine. We spent the first 20-30 minutes watching a video which explained everything about the mine and the production of steel etc. We then went down into the mine and basically had the tour guide repeat everything to us and start talking about... More 

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

Thank you for coming to this historic location. We are a registered mine that has to be maintained and inspected by consulting experts to meet mining regulations. We may not mine very much these days but we are not a disused mine. We have been open to the public for 40 years and there have been literally many thousands of... More 

Buxton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Good to see this important heritage site being kept alive after neglect by previous owners. The mine tour is very good and the guide was excellent. The working conditions of the miners from a very young age must have been terrible. Plenty of anecdotes from the recent BBC drama filmed here too.

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

We are really pleased to have your review and to know that you enjoyed your visit and that you appreciated the unique historic importance of Poldark Mine which we are all endeavouring to save for future generations. Thank you for your kind words which are important to us and we hope to welcome you here again very soon. More 

Uk
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Have to agree with the reviewer below - the mine tour which lasts about 1 hr ish is great and well worth it, very atmospheric and captures the feel of working mines. The museum etc is obviously a Work in progress but there seem to be good plans for the future and it's good to feel you are contributing to... More 

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

We are all delighted to know how much you enjoyed your subterranean tour here at Poldark Tin Mine, (Wheal Roots) your comments and welcome words of support will assist us immensely in encouraging others to visit and help us with our task of restoration. BBC Poldark 2015 has indeed brought us many new visitors in this our 40th year of... More 

plymouth
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

It was good to read of the review you provided for Poldark Tin Mine. Many thanks indeed. The insight you speak of is what we are all striving to provide to each of our visitors younger and older and from all walks of life and places from around the globe. Every week since we re-opened the mine, visitors have come... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Knowing that our visitors are having fun when visiting and exploring this ancient tin mine makes our work here worthwhile, so very many thanks for letting us have your positive feedback which is important to us and rewards us in a way that is rather special. Our café has not yet been open this season and only for a few... More 

Essex, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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