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“Tin mining museum”
Review of Heartlands

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pool
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Owner description: Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore. State-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of epic diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and craft studios and a funky café in the old carpenter’s workshop. With swathes of green outdoor space for warm, sunny days and ever-curious indoor space when it’s wet, Heartlands is all-year round, all-weather entertainment for anyone and everyone. Go see, go play, go wow.
Camborne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tin mining museum”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting pool market so we decided to visit having been born in redruth and with tin miners in our family it would have been rude not to visit and as its free entry why not , it really informative with plenty to see giving great insight inton what mining was like in the redruth and camborne areas . It was a great little museum loved it.

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
320 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We took the grandchildren there before Christmas.Father Christmas was fully booked, so the children were disappointed. The food was really expensive & not very good. Everything to do was extra money. It is also expensive to park the car. I can understand that, maybe in the warmer months, in dry weather, the children can have some fun in the outdoor playground. Apart from that there was a film being shown about working in Cornwall in the last century. The soundtrack could not be heard as it is in an area where all the noises of the visitors echo through.

Visited December 2012
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I took my two children aged 11 and 8 years to Heartlands with not high expectations as it was free admission (apart from the parking) which was only £2.90 for the day.
It was absolutely fantastic. The play area was amazing and kept them both occupied. The exhibitions inside are also very interesting although my 8 year old daughter did find it a bit tedious at times. Very interesting to learn about times gone by.
The cafe was on the pricy side , but extremely nice food served by pleasant staff.
The craft shops were also very nice with some lovely quirky gift ideas
All in all a very enjoyable day. M

Visited February 2013
Thank Guy M
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Liskeard, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Over rated, it is extremely hard to see where all the grant money has gone,”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

After hearing about the special heritage weekend we travelled to Cornwall’s newest attraction. Publicity of the project has been poor and speaking to many who hadn't heard of it we thought we would give it a spin. What a huge, huge disappointment expecting to see something awesome with the biggest big Lottery grant of £22.3 million in the country being awarded to it. Yes it is fantastic to see the core of the historic buildings having undergone much needed repairs but that was about it. Firstly the signage to the site is extremely poor, nothing at all from the A30 and then the subsequent junctions were void of any signage. Then on getting there you are confronted with the money grabbing CC car park where in no uncertain terms you are bullied in the thread of the car park being locked so you cannot relax in fear of this threat. What on earth is the slogan Cultural Candy all about!!!!! How pretentious, as are the skeleton of let units on the site. The exhibition presentation was poor and not engaging enough to all generations, the interpretative material left the visitor wondering what is it really all about. Yes the playground was good but there are others of equal interest in the county. The site is very open and windswept and despite the welcomed spring sunshine the design of the new buildings meant that you couldn't sit in the sun as you were in a cold wind tunnel. It really is of concern where all this public money has gone. For a more impressive and informative insight into Cornish mining then the Geevor visitor centre is far superior and is the place to go it is more gutsy and shows the reality od cornish mining through its processes. This is so shallow and misses the opportunity of this world leading historic industry being explained.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank A-Woods4
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“pictures of Cornish pasty eaters but you are offered rocket salad!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We went to Heartlands with low expectation as some of the community ventures here in Cornwall have been a bit pants for the extreme amounts of public money being poured into them. You cannot fault the play area it is fantastic with a great range of climbing areas and fun things to try out. The cafe is a right rip off, despite signs of pasty eating locals on the walls you are offered over priced muffins or rocket salad.... bit posh for these ere parts! I bought a really overpriced cup of instant from the van outside expecting a filter one for the price. The film shown inside of Cornwall is emotional and moving of you can find it! The signs are non existant virtually and a shame because it is a great piece of work to see. Take your own cuppa or rally fro lower prices on the feedback form and you cannot fault it unless it is raining and then there is not enough to keep kids amused.

Visited September 2012
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