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Poldark Mine

| Trenear, Wendron, Helston TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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Good visit

Weather looked a bit iffy, so thought a detour underground might be useful. As previous people... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
OlneyBucks
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Very interesting mine tour but don't go when raining

Very interesting underground mine tour, but don't go when raining. There were 32 on our tour and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
SueJim126
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Tour Times from 1st April to 28 October - 11.00 12.15, 1.30 and 2.45** [** The 2.45 tour must be reserved by telephone] - Please arrive at least 15 minutes before advertised times - Check our website or Facebook page for better time & other information. Poldark Mine is the only complete underground tin mine open to the public in Europe and offers memorable atmospheric underground expertly guided tours through several levels of the 18th century parts of the mine labyrinth. One of the oldest educational visitor places in Cornwall, it was founded in 1966 & opened over 40 years ago by the late Peter & Jose Young with the help of many volunteers. Peter coined the phrase ‘a little piece of heaven on the B3297’ Fame came due to the use of the mine by the BBC for all of the underground sequences for the current 2015-2016 BBC Poldark series, and for the original 1977 production. Winston Graham, the author, launched some of his books including his twelfth & final book in the mine's gardens in 2002 when he was 94, the books are available in the mine's bookshop. He renamed the mine as Poldark Mine in 1977 which was a wonderful accolade. The unusual setting in a wooded riverside South facing demesne filled with birds & wildlife is in the heart of rural Cornwall & forms a gateway to the Lizard Peninsula which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Nearby is the lovely Helford River famous for Daphne Du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek'. The mine, museum & informal country gardens are filled with oodles of history, the garden is dominated by an 1846 Cornish Beam engine, the very last to work commercially in Cornwall 'til 1959. There are static engines, picnic lawns & a bandstand used for performances & Sunday afternoon brass band concerts. The Trenear Mortar, a unique 4000 year old Bronze-Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds. The millrace, aqueduct & ponds date from before Tudor times when the world's first water powered tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago before being recorded in the Royal Duchy Rolls in 1493 & are believed to have been created by innovative Cistercian monks experts in early hydraulics and metal working from early times. The monks at Rewley Abbey Oxford were given the Wendron Church lands in 1296 and the Black Prince added further lands in 1354. The museum has a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery, its core is from the acclaimed Holman Museum which was gifted in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & more. Since rescue & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management & ownership in summer 2014 some buildings & the gardens are being restored. New sections such as the history of Methodism in Cornwall are now included due to the profound effect it had on the lives of the mining community, the collection of artefacts includes two complete chapel organs. Restoration of the mine & the historic underground guided tour has taken priority. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian. Volunteers are always made welcome.
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| Trenear, Wendron, Helston TR13 0ES, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Weather looked a bit iffy, so thought a detour underground might be useful. As previous people have commented, the musuem could do with some work, but the tour with Rob was very informative and he was very interactive with some of the young children who...More

Thank OlneyBucks
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The weather has indeed been iffy! It was sunny today and our gardens looked wonderful but we had only a small number of visitors. Robert is a great guide who keeps us all smiling as do all of our other guides, each as their own...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting underground mine tour, but don't go when raining. There were 32 on our tour and while the guide did his best it was too many. So go on a sunny day and you will enjoy it a lot more. The mine tour is...More

Thank SueJim126
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are always busy when it rains. We try to limit our tours to no more than 33 persons but we need 30 on each tour to make the visits viable so that we can continue to be here at the lowest price we can...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the Poldark Mine a few years ago and had enjoyed it. There was a new member to our party so we decided a re-visit was due. The first observation was how much the entrance fee had increased. We had previously paid £10 per...More

2  Thank mrlotterby
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting again!! - it must have been some years ago as the prices have not be as low as you suggest for many years. Costs are very high for running a mine. We have an impressive set of bills to meet in...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

When I first arrived I felt a little disappointed as the attractions that were once at the mine are no longer there nor replaced with new ones e.g wooden toy shop and I think glass blowing or sand filling not sure. As a result I...More

Thank LadyinTruro
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

It was good to note that you had an enjoyable time at the mine, thank you for your words of support. We are sorry that you only rated the mine tour with three stars as we believe its worth far more than that. A great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you go early as the tours get booked up very quickly. Great tour Wayne fantastically interesting and brought the conditions of the mines to life.More

Thank Emily698
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks indeed for the FIVE STARS - just what we need to encourage our team of volunteers and staff. Wayne is very popular with our visitors and does most of our tours every week as he is here for four full days. He has...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Would recommend pre-booking at peak times as people were being turned away! Tour guide was very interesting and knowledgeable. Group a little big meaning we had to stand down tunnels to be spoken to making it more difficult to see and hear specifics. The rest...More

1  Thank hannahbodily
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are not overpriced! We offer a very fair price for a 65 minute underground guided tour, a museum filled with many historic & unique items, and our lovely gardens - and it includes FREE parking - (its £6 a car at Lands End), admission...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect with all the hype Fromm the BBC tv series, but I was not disappointed, our guide was very friendly and funny and shared lots of interesting facts about the mines and also others in Cornwall. A great day out....More

Thank Lisa d
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great to know how much you enjoyed your visit and managed the steps with your carer. We try to avoid the TV hype - but as all of the filming of the underground scenes was done in the mine in 1977 and for the present...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember coming here on a family trip when I was 5 years old and it was an adventure going through all the tunnels - today I revisited the mine with my partner, aged 34 and again really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was excellent...More

2  Thank Elena R
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

To have FIVE STARS from a returning visitor is praise indeed. Many thanks to you for this from all of us here. We are glad that you had a great time and some fun too, our guides try to ensure that we treat the history...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on the recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed. The entrance area is a bit strange, but once inside was impressed by the range of things to see. There is even an underground tour (of about an hour) if you want a...More

1  Thank steve p
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for coming to see us and for the FIVE STAR REVIEW. We are delighted to hear that you were impressed by the museum collection. and enjoyed the gardens and tea taken on the bandstand on the lawn. We are still working on the restoration...More

Reviewed July 16, 2017

Interesting visit to this mine, good to be able to go underground and have the full experience! The guide was excellent, informative and clear. We thought it was on the expensive side.More

Thank Magsbkw
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased you came to visit us with your U.S. cousins. We offer great value to visit our gardens & museum or for the guided underground tour of this ancient and most historic mine. Your visit would not have been possible only for the...More

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Johnny1016
February 9, 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
sorry, I can't remember - it was months ago. Try their website
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Paul K
January 25, 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not at Poldark, I am in Kent. I only visited it last year. If you punch it into you satnav it should give an ETA
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Eileen M
July 5, 2015|
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Response from David E | Property representative |
Only spotted your question this evening. The choice is a taxi or a 'bus. Its worth mentioning that the timing of your journey by 'bus is important - allow two hours for your visit to the mine and museum, aim to be at the... More
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