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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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So much potential!

Ive read many reviews and owner responses on here since our visit to Poldark yesterday. I must agree with comments about value for money, at nearly £17pp you don't get much for it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
mike-poldo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I recently visited the mine while we were in the Redruth area researching my Cornish ancestry and mining heritage. We were very pleased with our visit and have to say that the tour of the mine was exceptional. The gift shop was well stocked with coffee, snacks, post cards, informative books, etc. The site is being tidied... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Ive read many reviews and owner responses on here since our visit to Poldark yesterday. I must agree with comments about value for money, at nearly £17pp you don't get much for it at this time - but I can see and fully appreciate the attempts to bring this attraction back to something special! Maybe it will be better value... More 

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Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Poldark mine is an unusual attraction. On the down side it has some bad recent history, it has had some bad reviews and on arrival it is not the most attractive of attractions. However, once you have forced yourself past the ghostly and redundant booth near the gate and entered the small museum/gift shop things begin to improve. Outside the... More 

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

When we went to the mine, the museum was near enough empty due to a break in and the cafe was not open due to the mine just being taken over by a new owner, however the mine itself was sooo interesting!! the guide was amazing and any questions that you may have, he was able to answer. the knowledge... More 

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Cornwall
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My family were down from London for a few days, and we decided to visit Poldark Mine, and I have to say I was so embarrassed when we arrived there. It was nothing like how it was described on the web page..It was not only tired, its fast asleep! The charge of almost £17.00 per person, was just ridiculous for... More 

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

Thank you so very much for your "review"! Please retain your family's receipt and come again with ID from your Newquay address for FREE admission to the museum and gardens again, just call us to arrange a time. That said we have to say that for some unknown reason your comments were highly personalised and contained a number of hairbrained... More 

Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

On a recent visit to Cornwall researching family history, we thought that a visit to a tin mine would enable us to see better how hard life must have been for the miners. A visit to the Poldark mine and talking to the owner and guides did just that. It may not be the perfectly finished article but the passion... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Poldark Mine is an attraction that I have been visiting for many many years. My parents and grandparents would bring us here on family holidays when we were children in the late 80's and I am still keen on visiting and taking my own children here all these years later. Sure Cornwall is famous for its beaches, fun tourist attractions,... More 

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

We were really delighted to read you excellent appraisal of your visit to Poldark. Your words were not only very encouraging but make us want to do all that much better, please do call and see us this summer and see what we have achieved at that time. A summer Sunday afternoon is recommended as by that time we will... More 

Calstock, null, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The mine tour is wonderful and the guide was very funny and informative. The site itself has recently been taken over by new owners and they have some work to do to bring it up to scratch. It looks like it was left a bit overgrown and unloved but hopefully the new people will take care of that. Based on... More 

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

We are really pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit to the mine and that the subterranean tour was of great interest. Ross many not be here, but the mine bell he uses in the series sits on our reception desk complete with the BBC rope Ross used to toll the bell during the series. So visitors can not... More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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
7 helpful votes 7 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 

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