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“Fascinating trip”

Museo Minero Rio Tinto y Tren Minero
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Huelva
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In the mining park of Riotinto you can do a different railway journey, penetrate into a mine, visit a real victorian house and know about the history of a totally transformed mining bowl. Everything at hand at the minig park of Riotinto.
Reviewed August 17, 2014

It was a real experience - a bit like visiting the moon, the desert, an Indian Jones train ride, and a bit of learning all thrown in. Great day out.

1  Thank ladyandtramp
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

Wonderful place for anyone interested in technology - all the other reviews say everything. An overnight stay is essential as there is so much to see. Hostels in the town are perfect - one is right opposite the museum.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We arrived at the Museum at 10.30 on a very quiet November day and were welcomed by a very helpful man on Reception who recommended our plan of action for the day and gave us information sheets in English. Ideally, get to the Museum between 10.00 and 10.30 which will give you lots of time to discover the history of this fascinating museum. There's lots to see, including an audio-visual presentation which was in Spanish. There is a small shop and drinks machines.
At 12 noon, we drove to the Open Cast mine, following the Guide in her vehicle. The journey was approximately 15-20 minutes away. The scenery en route is unbelievable. On this day we were the only visitors and whilst the Guide only spoke Spanish we did have the English information sheets. We then followed the Guide to the train station for the journey along the river Tinto. The train left at 13.30 and we were joined by a few other tourists. There is a very small shop inside the station selling drinks and biscuits only. The journey takes 35 minutes each way and was simply indescribable. Like a scene from Mars. Fantastic - took loads of photos. The train journey was the highlight of the day. At 15.00 hours we arrived back at the Museum. Everything then closes until 16.00 hours. We planned to visit the English house Casa 21 at Bella Vista which is where the English management lived. The house doesn't open until 16.00 hours but worth a visit where you can also see the whole village, including tennis courts and pavilion. A great day out - hugely interesting.

4  Thank fernandoJerez
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

When we planned activities for our trip to the area we noticed it was marked suitable for children. I do not agree, certainly not if the children are under 10 years old. The museum itself was very interesting. It opened at 10am and that gave us ample time to browse the exhibits and grab a quick cup of coffee down the road before we got into convoy in our own car and drove to the mining tunnel. Sadly the information was only in Spanish, so we missed much of the history. Again in convoy we then drove to the train station and took the train. There was a small kiosk open as we entered the station but we did not really have time to stop and buy anything to eat or drink The journey each way took about 40 minutes and we stopped at the end of the line and had time to walk down to the river and have a look around. Sadly, no refreshments and it was a very hot day! If we had not carried water with us we could have dehydrated! Being an old train, the ride was quite bumpy and the hard wooden slatted seats were not comfortable - so do take a cushion or you could end up a little bruised as well! This time the commentary was also in English. The scenery was quite spectacular, but rather sad as well seeing what man has done to the environment. Go well prepared and you will enjoy the experience, despite all the above, we did!

1  Thank Dee T
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

My boyfriend, who is from Huelva, had been talking about this place for years. The alien landscapes. The red river. The history that dates back to the Romans (and from what I remember further than that). Plus, it's near beautiful towns like Aracena. I always thought he was over selling this place until I went and saw it with my own eyes. It was exactly what he told me. It is incredible! It is a place that you will never forget...especially when on the train and you see the red river snaking its way through different landscapes...it's surreal. I recommend this place 100%.

1  Thank Antxiara
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