When faced with a 'non-beach' day in Cornwall there are hundreds of options that face you to entertain the family. When you apply your filters of price, location, interest, childrens ages etc this attraction crops up. Some of the bigger attractions in Cornwall will rush you for £70-100 for the family and are still weather dependant. CCCP, with 2 adults, a 9 year old and a 5 year old cost us just over £20.
It's reasonably easy to find being close to St Austell and signposted. If all else fails just look for the 'pyramids' that tower over the local landscape and you won't be far off! Parking was ample.
There is a chest of mining hard hats for the kids to wear throughout the visit...not actually required but just for fun which plased my 2. Saved the obligatory gift shop until after the visit and ploughed on through the museum/exhibit bit. There are some exhibits to interact with and it was all very interesting if not a little depressing as you realise the past size of the mining operation comapred to what it is now. Off into the fresh air to follow various trails via a free guide. Dotted around the trails and exhibits were hidden a number of tiny teddy bears the kids had to find (reward was a lolly on exit). This made them search the entire park and get very tired in the process. Lots of interesting outside exhibits including a large working waterwheel, rail cars and a steam train were encountered before we set off on the longer trails. One took us to the working clay mine where it gave you a feeling of the scale of operations and you could see the workers washing out the clay with high pressure hoses and large trucks etc rumbling about. At the end of the nature trail there was an outside childrens play and picnic area incl. a childrens challenge trail to race around.
Gift shop last where we did a bit of shopping at prices you'd expect at these establishments.
In summary it is good for about 3 hours unless you take a picnic and chill out further in the grounds. It was interesting enough for all of us to get something out of it and at the price I felt if offered value for money. If the day hasn't brightened up then there are other half day attractions close by such as Charlestown's shipwreck centre that you could tie in with.
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