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Review of Poldark Mine

Poldark Mine
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Wendron
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: OPEN DAILY FROM 24th MARCH. Trenere Wolas Gardyn & CORNISH HERITAGE COLLECTION open from 10.30am to 1.30pm (last entry to museum & gardens) MAIN MINE EXPLORER UNDERGROUND TOUR A - 11am 12.15pm, 1.30 pm {& 2.45 if booked in advance] Poldark Mine (Huel Roots) is the only complete underground tin mine open to the public in Europe - the expertly guided underground tours into several levels of the 18th century mine labyrinth are an atmospheric & profound experience . Main Tour A takes 65 minutes - Open daily from 25th March - Details about DEEP MINE ADVENTURE [Tuesdays & Thursdays 2.45 - advance booking required] tour on web pages or Facebook. The Cornish Heritage Collection & Industrial Museum was opened in 1971 by the late Peter & Jose Young. Peter coined the phrase ‘a little piece of heaven on the B3297’. There are lovely gardens and a well filled eclectic museum with many open air exhibits including an 1846 Cornish beam engine, the very last to work commercially in Cornwall
Reviewed August 16, 2017 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 felt the price was a bit steep.

However, the tour down the mine was really enjoyable and David the guide was funny, knowledgeable and kept our interest! It's clear that there is much passion for keeping the Mine going and it felt good then to pay entry to contribute to that.

There was a few other things to see such as the museum.

I think we were there for about 2 hours which included an hour mine tour and a coffee in the cafe.

It will be nice to see the site develop with investment and we'd definitely visit again!

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

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 investment was made to save the mine from being sold to developers. We only intend to develop the historic grounds, mine and museum as an educational heritage project, so the shops and amusements are gone forever in a complete change of direction.

The former operator went into receivership partly due to the distractions and caused in part by the other things that were being done here along with the run down of the museum collection.

We have reversed that and the museum collection has been greatly expanded and continues to do so.

We have had to do a great deal of work in the mine to keep it maintained safe and insured. This work continues on a daily basis all year round.

The project is run with the help of a small staff and a tiny team of volunteers and friends. Their help keeps the ticket costs as low as we dare. The flow of ticket and admission to the musuem revenue is how we are funded. We have no support from any other source at present.

We sell just a few wooden things in the mine's rock & book shop, but as we expand and improve, more will be added to the range with the help of Darren. This was the chap who used to run the wooden toy shop you mention before he went on to other things over five years ago. We keep in touch and he has donated a number of items to the museum as he is a great supporter of the restoration project.

The cost of the over-an-hour long guided mine tour is just £12.35 above the entry price of £6.25 for the gardens and the museum. The price is set at that level due to the extraordinary costs of running and pumping a Cornish mine. Its good value for money and so we continue to struggle just to break even. The three month high season is but three out of 12 and seven of those are very lean months, so we have to do all we can in the 5 months of our season.

Please continue to support us, but perhaps review your low star rating for our FIVE star mine tour.

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Reviewed August 11, 2017 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.

Thank Emily698
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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2017

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 a great passion for the mine and brings a great joy to his groups of explorers.

We hope to welcome you here again next season. Thanks for your helpful support.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

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 of the site looks very run down and makes it seem more unprofessional. Very pricey at 18.60 per adult! Cafe needs some work...!

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

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 there is at least £12 a head and there is no underground mine tour! You said it was good value for money.

We don't have a cafe! We do have have a new refreshment counter, tea room & buttery. We are renowned for the high quality of our leaf tea - served in silver plated teapots, and freshly made cafetieres of Colombian coffee.

We are limited to around 35 persons on a tour, this mine is 18th century and tin mines are composed of long galleries and passageways and that's why we have a room where questions and answers can be voiced. We also stop at the widest places in the mine passageways so that we can explain to our visitors - we have to try to make ends meet and its not easy with such small groups and the mining restrictions we face.

We too recommend pre-booking - its on our facebook pages and in much of our advertising. On wet days we get very busy as there is nothing much to do in Cornwall on a wet day! Its pretty obvious that in a mine there are certain limitations - we can accept around 300 visitors a day.

The historic & ancient mine is made up of a series of long passageways on several levels, that is why we have a mine cinema so that we can address the group and answer any question.

Had you read our several notices, you would be aware that we are in the midst of a restoration project - we have no outside funding and are doing all we can to save this wonderful place. Many of our buildings are out of use, some are due to be removed, we do not have the funds to do this all in one fell swoop. Its a gradual process.

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Reviewed August 3, 2017 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. It can be difficult if you have any difficulty with walking and steps but with the help of my career I was able to complete. Will definitely come again for the full tour when it's open.

Thank Lisa d
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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2017

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 series since 2014, it is part of the mine & tin dressing floors very long history - but not what we are all about by any means!

The mine was named Poldark Mine by the author Winston Graham who launched his very last book here and some of his earlier ones too. We speak of this history but we do not really make a great deal about is as some other places seem to do.

Tin working commenced here about 4000 years ago, the testament to this being our unique Bronze-Age Scheduled Ancient Monument of which we are immensely proud. The mine itself, known originally as Huel Roots, was researched by the late historian Hamilton Jenkin and although there is clear evidence of pre-Roman origins it was not intensively mined until the beginning of the 1700s. It had closed by 1800 and the tin was largely worked out, the wide veins of ore bearing tourmaline or blue peach can be seen in the workings in several places. This is the era we speak of to our underground explorers as we conduct them through the three levels that are the 18th century parts of the workings, the earlier areas being inaccessible for visitors.

Mechanical tin processing commenced here in the late 1200s under the Cistercian Monks from St Mary's Abbey at Rewley Oxford who were given the lands by the Earl of Cornwall with more land given by the Black Prince in the 1300s. The monks constructed the waterways and the original tin mill waterwheels. Tin working using water power carried on till around the end of the 1860s under various changes of tenants and owners due in part to the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539. A lease renewal was recorded in the Duchy Of Cornwall rolls as early as 1493 - the first such written record of a water worked tin mill in the world.

We hope to welcome you here again very soon indeed, We will be posting information on these pages and our web site as to when the deep mine on 4 Level will open. Thanks again from all of us here.

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Reviewed July 30, 2017

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 - full of interesting facts and a great sense of humour. It was very atmospheric and in August apparently they will open up a deep mine experience. We're going to come back a third time when we have children of our own. Really great and much more fun than you might expect.

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2017

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 of the people who created this mine out of the hard rock with great respect but in a pleasant way with a bit of banter included. Their lives were often horrendous, without sufficient food and a very basic lifestyle.

Our museum collection has many things made of tin and copper, from bronze age weapons & tools to pewter table ware, from chapel organs paid for by the hard earned pennies of the miners, to mobile telephones of today. It also sets out to tell the story of Cornish people from early times and in particular from the 18th century when the ministry of the two Wesley brothers had such a positive and profound effect on the lives of the miners and their families.

We look forward to seeing you again with your planned family... but do come before if you can. Very best wishes from us all and again, please accept our grateful thanks.

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