King Edward Mine Museum

King Edward Mine Museum, Camborne: Hours, Address, King Edward Mine Museum Reviews: 5/5

King Edward Mine Museum
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Mines • History Museums
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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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The award winning King Edward Mine Museum which specialises in the mining history of Cornwall. The mine dates from the 19th century and most of the equipment in the mill has been restored to working order.The buildings are all Grade II* listed and are of National importance. The site is part of the World Heritage Area of Cornwall. The Museum is open during the summer - see website for opening times.
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Jonathan C
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May 2022 • Couples
I’ll try to be brief, but I could write about every detail we learnt during our visit to the mine yesterday. As we are early season visitors we had a personal guide who showed us around the whole of the museum. He left us for about half an hour so that we could explore, read and understand for ourselves but I think we needed longer there was so much to see and even try out. We have decided that we’re going to have to return at some point in the future as we know that there’s loads more to learn. We arrived at midday and left at three, and we didn’t even get to sample the delights of the on-site tea shop. Whatever time you allow for the visit add an hour, you’ll need it and you won’t be disappointed.
Written May 10, 2022
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Jonathan, Thank you so much for your five star review. We are all volunteers at King Edward Mine and passionate about our unique part of Cornish Mining Heritage. Please come again early morning and add that extra hour to read about the exhibits.. Do visit the Croust Hut cafe. The lunch there is superb and they have a large outside area with tables and views across the mining landscape..
Written May 25, 2022
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TripAnorak
Chesham, UK56 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We could have spent hours in this fascinating tin mining museum, guided by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers who told us everything we needed to know about the Cornish tin mining industry. Working machinery, well labelled exhibits and a pleasant café on site. We followed our visit to the museum with a 3-hour hike on the Great Flat Lode Trail which also took us up to Carn Brea and the Basset Monument.
Written May 2, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased that you were able to enjoy the whole trip, especially your visit to King Edward Mine. Our guides are really pleased to be able to answer your questions about the mining history of the area and this wonderful restored Cornish Tin Mill.
Written May 8, 2022
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LXX_Nav
United Kingdom51 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
After reading other reviews it was a delight to find that this museum thoroughly deserves it’s solid reputation.
The very friendly staff were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure that the mining story was understood.
Often museums have trouble in making wall charts difficult to read by using small print. Not here. Wall charts supplemented the spoken word and practical exhibits worked extremely well. Several hours very well spent.
Written September 15, 2020
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Thank you LXX, We are so pleased that you had an enjoyable visit to King Edward Mine. We are run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers who, between them, have a wealth of knowledge, both about Cornish tin, but also of wider local history. We are open for one more week in September, then closed for the winter when we are always very busy working on restoration and maintenance. Thank you to all our reviewers for taking the time to post their experiences on Trip Advisor.
Written September 16, 2020
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Michael L
9 contributions
Jun 2022
The staff, who are also volunteers are very well informed, make you feel very welcome & will answer many questions you have in detail. There are many things that surprised me today but you will have to visit there to find out! There are motorised models to keep children interested & maybe teach them something about the history & dangers of mining. You can spend as much time as you would like to find out about mining & how they had to involve their families, just to make a 'living'. It was only my Wife & I that went today but I'm sure they would like & deserve parties. It was only £9 each & the £2 left out of the £20 we put in the donations box because they deserve it.
Written June 20, 2022
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rossijam
Surrey, UK50 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
A great interesting museum, can easily spend a morning or afternoon there.
The guides are very informative and make tours very interesting.
And great to see mining machinery working as well.
There are walks that can be done from the museum into the local mining landscape too.
Definitely worth a visit!
Written August 1, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are really pleased that you had a great visit. Our guides are all volunteers and it is lovely for them to know that our visitors are enjoying their visits and also able to do some of the wonderful walks nearby. regards, Carol
Written September 1, 2021
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bluedook
Astley, UK110 contributions
Aug 2020
Really enjoyable couple of hours. I knew nothing about Cornish tin mining. The museum has the right balance between the science of mining and the lives that the workers and their families lived including some of the diseases
The guides were excellent and really knew there stuff. The tour involves some free time to read and look and the guides showing you around and explaining about the mining process and then demonstrating the machines and their purpose e.g to demonstrate how to filter the lighter and heavier particles.
One important tip. The mine is not open every day so check on the website before going. The same applies to the cafe which provides excellent food at a reasonable price.
Lastly there are lots of good walks around here so could be combined with a walk.
Written August 16, 2020
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Thank you Bluedook, We are so pleased that you had a good experience. All our volunteers are passionate about this unique, special place. Also think you for the tip. We had to make some slight changes due to CODID and it is always good to check the KEM website (and the Cafe website) for current information. We have wildflower meadows and a butterfly conservation project on our 22 arces of mining land, so we hope you will enjoy the peace of the mining trail through the UNESCO area.
Written August 23, 2020
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Aliduy
Broadstone, UK59 contributions
May 2021
All round informative, enjoyable guided tour around a preserved mine site. Our guide David was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We learnt about the history, engineering and social aspects of mining in Cornwall. We watched demonstrations of the use of various pieces of equipment. The great flat lode trail is a good walk. Friendly staff who have a passion for their subject.
Written May 30, 2021
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Thank you for visiting. I'm glad that one of our Davids (we have three) was able to share his enthusiasm for our wonderful working museum. We are glad you enjoyed the Great Flat Lode trail. If you come again, please take the free nature trail around our 22 acre site. The ecology is really interesting, with birds, butterflies and wild flowers.
Written June 27, 2021
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Kathryn W
Halstead, UK2 contributions
Aug 2020
We came to visit King Edward Mine and had a really interesting time, our guide Peter made our tour come alive with his knowledge and passion for the mine and its history. We came away feeling so educated about mining. We had lunch in the homely feel cafe beforehand which was very tasty. The mine is run by volunteers who are so friendly and welcoming from our phone call to check opening times and at each contact point. Thank you for a great time and can not recommend King Edward mine enough.
Written August 21, 2020
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. All the volunteers feel the same as peter, that we have something unique - an irreplaceable part of the story of Cornish Mining.
Written August 23, 2020
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Melf1
Hertfordshire86 contributions
Aug 2020
We found King Edward's Mine absolutely fascinating. Our guide was excellent and his explanations were clear and succinct. We would love to have spent more time at the museum but had a v hungry child with us (the cafe sounds lovely, but was shut on the day of our visit). I'm sure we will find the time to visit again, as there is so much to learn.
The volunteer staff were very friendly and welcoming. Many thanks for an excellent experience!
Written August 20, 2020
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Thank you. We are so glad that you had a good trip. We hope that you will have time to visit again and spend lots of time with us.
Written August 23, 2020
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irl98
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
May 2022
This is a great museum, run by a wonderful and passionate team of volunteers. My wife and I were extremely keen to learn about the working lives and living conditions of the 19th century tin and copper miners in and around Camborne as part of our family tree research. The museum did not not disappoint in any way and we came away so much the wiser. Our knowledgeable and personable guide was a highlight. We have no hesitation in recommending a visit.
Written May 31, 2022
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