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Review of Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Pendeen
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This preserved mining site features a museum, underground tour and visitor center all perched on the rugged cliffs of Penwith, offering magnificent coastal views high above the crashing surf below.
Reviewed June 9, 2013

From the outside this mine is very deceiving looks very small but wait until you get in it just goes on and on and on until the very end when you go under ground with a very informative guide. Under ground is very very low in places just show's how cramped conditions where working all day down there. I found the miners dry room very very interesting it was as though they had just walked out what a fitting tribute to those men.
To end a lovely cafe cafe with the most delicious home made soup and pasties and the view if lucky enough to get a window seat in outstanding. We spent four hours visiting the site.

Thank boydy73
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The things you can see and do are quite diverse. You can see the old machines, a selection of minerals and walk through an old tunnel. A former miner explained to us how they separated the tin from the other materials, that was really interesting. The only boring bit was the film.

The visit is mainly self-guided. So if you go there with children, it's best if you know enough about old machines, minerals and mining yourself to explain things to them. The museum could do more to explain things for children or maybe give out worksheets for a museum ralley. Otherwise it' a very good place to visit.

Thank Beaver B
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We loved this. Don't be put off by the price. There is lots to see and you will find yourself easily spending half a day here, especially if you stroll down towards the coast.
The museum was a delight. You can look around all the outbuildings - to our surprise we forund the "dry room" (miners' changing room) the most evocative. The best bits are at the end the though! After you have gone through the processing shed, you can have a go at panning for "fools" gold. All our party from young to old loved this. We got rather competitive. You get to keep your finds! Then you head out to the highlight of the museum, a walk underground through some old mine workings. Because these are very old tunnels they are not deep underground.The tunnels enter the side of a hill and you pretty much walk around on one level. But be warned those miners were a lot shorter than average folk today, so there is a lot of bending over to get through. We thought this added to th excitment, but it might be tricky for the elderly?

Thank MestaChios
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Lots to do here - a nice shop, pleasant food with lovely home baking in a modern cafe that has large windows overlooking the sea. A new museum, tours and chance to go underground make this a must visit if you are interested in the history of tin mining.

There are good walks from the site around more mining history.

A lot of money is being spent on the site, so a lot more than you might expect. Look out particularly for the drying area on the walk around the buildings - full of atmosphere, as if miners left only yesterday.

Thank FullNotGlum
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Been wanting to visit Geevor for ages.

The site is a mine (excuse the pun) of information about the history of mining in Cornwall. It covers early mining right up to present day (and the closing of Geevor as a working mine in 1990).

The most provacative area is the "dry" where the feeling that the miners could walk back in tomorrow and start mining again.

Walking through the old ore processing plant shows how this working mine has decade since it closed. It also shows the vastness of the operation that Geevor saw at it's height of production.

Panning for gold was fun and proved popular with the kids and adults alike.

The underground tour is relatively short but definitely gives you an insight into an early miners life.

The view from the Cafe is probably one of the best available in Cornwall, looking over the site and the cliffs below, it is amazing.

Thank Adenash
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