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Review of Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Pendeen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1820 and closed in 1930, Levant is one of Cornwall's most famous coastal mines where a good part of the mining operations took place far beneath the seabed.
Worcester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Not sure if I missed something whilst I was here but best bit was the views out to sea. Tight roads so may be difficult to manoeuvre in high season.

Visited March 2013
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“Not Interesting Enough”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Very interesting but not enough effort made to make it a super contemporary attraction rather than an also ran. Top children's adventure playground so make a day of it. Typically, poor slave parking arrangements.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Count House, Botallack”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

The Levant mine is cetainly impressive, as is this whole stretch of coast, but the beam engine is only open on Fridays in the low season. Half a mile south of here is the Botallack mine where the National Trust have a visitors' centre at the old Count House. It is open every day, and has a small exhibition on local mining heritage and wildlife. It is unstaffed during the low season, but is a lovely warm refuge thanks to the innovative geothermal heating system they have installed. Well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Newport, South Wales
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“A real experience of Cornish history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We often visit the Levant Mine as myself and my young son are interested in Cornish mining history. The Levant mine was one of the great mines of Cornwall and is known as the 'Queen of Submarine Mines'. The mine is run by the National Trust and operated by very passionate and enthusiastic people. The main site is within a much larger site full of mining archaeology and remains including engine houses and the remains of the miner's dry and Count House. There are leaflets to help you look around and also tours with a guide. Within the main site there are some working models and various other surface buildings left over from the days when the mine operated. You can see down the shafts the bottom of which are flooded. The mine actually extended far out to sea. The highlight of any visit is the working Whim Engine (when it is steaming). The smell, sounds and sensation of the moving engine give you an insight into what the many hundreds of empty engine houses across Cornwall used to have within them. My son was allowed to start up the engine which he thought was wonderful. After experiencing the Whim Engine you can make your way back out to the larger site where you can walk down steps to the old passage leading to the Man Engine Shaft. The holes in the wall which were used by the miners as lockers are very poignant because it was here that the last miners to use the Man Engine left their belongings before their fateful descent at the time of the famous disaster when the Man Engin collapsed. It is a very moving experience. There are many walks around the site and although I have never done it, you can easily walk to the equally famous mining remains at Botallack (no engines or anything there, just ruins) and see the famous Crown Engines at the base of the cliffs. If you don't fancy driving it is a few minutes in the car!

Visited October 2012
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“Worthy of a look”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Levant offers a rare look into the life and times of this 'beneath the waves' submarine mine. Men and women worked to extract the ore. The Beam Engine House is the only Cornish beam engine in the world that's still in steam on its original mining site. It sits on top of the cliffs above the Atlantic ocean. Adult standard admission £6.30 - this is a National Trust property.

Visited August 2012
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