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Poldark Mine

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Address: | Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 573173
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One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened...

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. Its the only complete tin mine open to the public in Europe. The mine is an amazing atmospheric underground 18th century mine labyrinth 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 & wildlife. With an 1850 Cornish Beam engine, static railway engines, picnic lawns, millrace & ponds dating from Tudor times. The world's first recorded mechanical tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago in 1493. A Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds with a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery. The museum incorporated the acclaimed Holman Museum collection in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & much more. Please note, since closure in 2013 & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management and ownership in Summer 2014 many surface buildings are no longer in use. Some are to be demolished & others will be refurbished in due course. The gardens are being restored. Restoration of the mine & the famous underground guided tour has taken first place. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian.

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Excellent tour

We came here on a rainy morning and actually managed to turn up before the place opened! We were a bit taken aback at the entrance fee - £35 for the two of us seemed rather... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
theswirly
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting and informative visit and deep mine tour. Family with 2 young children, 7 & 5 years old. Long trousers or jeans and sensible shoes are insisted upon in the interest of safety and to comply with mining regulations. Friendly helpful staff. Wellies offered to those arriving in sandals and flip flops. Hard hats are provided. Small sizes available for... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came here on a rainy morning and actually managed to turn up before the place opened! We were a bit taken aback at the entrance fee - £35 for the two of us seemed rather steep considering the price of other attractions both in Cornwall and the UK that you would spend longer at as well. We both said... More 

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3 Thank theswirly
Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having visited many years ago as a boy, it was lovely to return with my own family. Great to meet and talk to the owner David Edwards when we paid for entry and on leaving; nice to feel the place has someone too take it forward at last, after a rocky few years. The mine tour is fascinating, with amazing... More 

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2 Thank Simon T
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit the mine again and for the FOUR STAR AWARD and the kindly worded review. To know that you found the tour fascinating is rewarding for us as we concentrate on restoration and improvement to the mine's lighting and other infrastructures such as dewatering & pumps. Our little Buttery is meant as a service to... More 

England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The mine tour is incredibly interesting, we enjoyed it and the tour guide was very good. We were disappointed with the number of people allowed on the tour as it was very cramped and difficult at times. It is a shame that nothing else is available onsite for families to enjoy and made it quite a short visit rather than... More 

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3 Thank therobharrison
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to visit us and for the FOUR STAR rating. We are pleased to hear that you found the mine tour incredibly interesting and that our guide was very good. Our main aim to offer educational deep underground mine tours, an open air garden museum and a small items museum. We do this with a small staff team... More 

Sandy, United Kingdom
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440 reviews
206 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never been down a mine before and I was a bit apprehensive at first. We had come well prepared with sturdy walking shoes. We put our safety helmets on and down we went. Our tour guide, Wayne, was enthusiastic, passionate and extremely knowledgeable about mining which kept us interested and made our experience very enjoyable – he also... More 

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7 Thank Sandygranny
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

What a great in depth review, and a FIVE STAR award too! Please accept our heartfelt thanks. Its evident from your words that you spent some time with us and thoroughly enjoyed your visit. This knowledge pleases us as we know we are starting to get things running in the right direction that enables each and every one of our... More 

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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here with my wife and young son while on holiday in Cornwall. The mine tour involves steps, ducking and getting a bit wet! Dress appropriately! Your provided with hard hats and an excellent guide who doesn't rush and answers all questions on the mining of tin. The cost of the tour was just over £40 for the three of... More 

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3 Thank Youngbobster
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

It was great to have your FOUR STAR review, it is genuinely appreciated by all of us here on our small team of staff supported by our stalwart volunteers. 15 came to our volunteers day today and as a result the garden lawns and edges are looking very smart. Their contribution enables us to keep the wheels turning and to... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. Lovely to hear about the stories and the museum was full of all old artefacts. Not easy for the elderly with handrails and steps but worth seeing and understanding the conditions the workers had to work in. Well worth a visit.

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2 Thank fluffyduck51
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks indeed for the FIVE STAR review. Also your support by visiting us is very much appreciated by our small tem of staff and volunteers who assist us to keep the mine running. The mine is an adventure that is not quite like a walk in the park, but as you say it is well worth it and like... More 

Midhurst, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my parents, both in their 70's. Quite a bit of ducking required (hard hats provided) and some steps. Handrails both sides. Dad has lung disease and is unsteady on his feet. The guide, Richard, was very patient and we didn't feel rushed. Very interesting guide. Good pace. Lovely museum.

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2 Thank Suwashere
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to see us Su, and for the FIVE STAR review too. It was good to hear that your parents managed their adventure deep down into the mine and sorry to hear that your dad suffers from lung disease, sadly this happened to many a Cornish Miner too. Your guide was in fact Robert and he is a... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great views and insights into early tin-mining. Good to go underground. Felt safe and in good hands at all times. Well explained and plenty to see. Recommended

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2 Thank Keith P
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

We were much heartened to read your FOUR STAR review Keith as we continue our efforts to revitalise this extraordinary place. Knowing that visitors are coming here and discovering that we are not a "stuffy" museum, and are engaged in a meaningful way during their visit to the depths of the mine that is both safe and interesting, is very... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading about the ongoing refurbishments last year when visiting Cornwall we decided to wait to visit when the new owners had been renovating for a little longer. While there are certainly areas that still need refurbishment it is clear to see that there has been improvements made and care and consideration has been poured into the little museum. After... More 

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

HIGH FIVE STAR REVIEW! Thanks for your top notch report on our refurbishment progress. We have much to do, but as every month passes something is achieved. We would explain for the benefit of would-be visitors reading this response, that the museum has had a host of new artefacts placed on display - many were re-discovered having been unearthed in... More 

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