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Address: | Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
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+44 1326 573173
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10:30 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 15:30
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Tour Times from 1st April to 28 October - 11.00 12.15, 1.30 and 2.45** **...

Tour Times from 1st April to 28 October - 11.00 12.15, 1.30 and 2.45** ** The 2.45 tour must be reserved by phone - we are closed on Flora Day on 5th May - please check our website or Facebook page for better time information. Poldark Mine is the only complete underground tin mine open to the public in Europe and offers memorable atmospheric underground expertly guided tours through several levels of the 18th century parts of the mine labyrinth. One of the oldest educational visitor places in Cornwall, it was founded in 1966 & opened over 40 years ago by the late Peter & Jose Young with the help of many volunteers. Peter coined the phrase ‘a little piece of heaven on the B3297’

Fame came due to the use of the mine by the BBC for all of the underground sequences for the current 2015-2016 BBC Poldark series, and for the original 1977 production.

Winston Graham, the author, launched his twelfth final book in the mine's gardens in 2002 when he was 94, the books are available in the mine's bookshop.

The unusual setting in a wooded riverside South facing demesne filled with birds & wildlife is in the heart of rural Cornwall & forms a gateway to the Lizard Peninsula which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Nearby is the lovely Helford River famous for Daphne Du Maurier's 'Frenchman's Creek'.

The mine, museum & country style gardens are filled with oodles of history, the garden is dominated by an 1846 Cornish Beam engine, the very last to work commercially in Cornwall to 1959, static engines, picnic lawns & even a new bandstand used for performances & Sunday afternoon brass band concerts. The Trenear Mortar, a unique 4000 year old Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds.

The millrace, aqueduct & ponds date from before Tudor times when the world's first water powered tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago before being recorded in the Royal Duchy Rolls in 1493 & are believed to have been created by innovative Cistercian monks experts in early hydraulics and metal working from early times. The monks at Rewley Abbey Oxford were given the Wendron Church lands in 1296 and the Black Prince added further lands in 1354.

The museum has a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery, its core is from the acclaimed Holman Museum which was gifted in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & more.

Since rescue & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management & ownership in summer 2014 some buildings & the gardens are being restored. New sections such as the history of Methodism in Cornwall are now included due to the profound effect it had on the lives of the mining community, the collection of artefacts includes two complete chapel organs.

Restoration of the mine & the historic underground guided tour has taken priority. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian. Volunteers are always made welcome.

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So I first visited here on a family holiday in the 80's and decided to return with my own children (6&9) whilst on an Easter break. Had heard mixed reviews as the site has passed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived as it opened at 10:30 (first mine tour 11:00) so time for a look around the museum and garden. The mine tour was excellent and very interesting (thank you Dave - bought a fridge magnet that looks just like you). A nice cream tea (real milk, fresh tea (not bags) and plenty of it. Would have stayed longer had... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks for your generous FIVE STAR review. We are delighted to hear that you had an interesting exploration of our wonderful tin mine. We have been teasing David about the comparison with our miners magnetic fridge look alike! Our leaf tea and organic milk that arrives here in glass bottles is something we are proud of and we are... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So I first visited here on a family holiday in the 80's and decided to return with my own children (6&9) whilst on an Easter break. Had heard mixed reviews as the site has passed through a number of owners over the last few years, with many suggesting an alternative place a few miles to the north. I'm glad we... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for your glowing review, and also for bringing your family with you. We do try to be inclusive with younger visitors, but this is not an easy thing to achieve. We are now primarily an educational historic mine tour with an associated museum, added to that we have pleasant gardens and waterways in the grounds. We are glad you... More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent (and unvarnished) experience. Wayne painted a social history of the harshness of a miner's life and it was clear from the walk through the mine that the working conditions and pay were terrible. It was put over in a way that informed the adults without alarming the children and that is quite a skill. The TV connection helps... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

You have kindly given us an excellent review and clearly have gained a great deal from your visit. We are delighted that you enjoyed your underground exploration of the mine with our wonderful Cornishman Wayne Kempe who has a passion for the mine and has great skill in keep the younger folk engaged and not scared. We aim to ensure... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Senior citizens, like myself, will remember the first Poldark T.V. series from 1975 to 1977,from where this attraction takes its name. The mine was also used for the current series,evoking a time of great economic and social turmoil in this country.There is a museum to set the scene on the past and a 10 minute video as well as a... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our historic mine, gardens and museum and we were delighted to hear that it was a worthwhile enlightening experience for you. Filming of the underground sequences was done here in the 1970s for the first series and again in the present series. The BBC have used the mine for other filming work such as Penmarric in... More 

Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

You must visit here , it's a history lesson like you've never had before , interesting , informative and at times , unbelievable ( but true! ) , courtesy of Wayne . After a short introduction film and a safety talk , you disappear into the mine , and back in time , to appreciate the difficulties of the miners... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

What a wonderful accolade! Its really great to know how much you enjoyed your educational visit to this ancient place. Wayne has the special knack of leading our explorers for a step back in time and a memorable adventure deep into the several levels and passageways of this historic mine. Its a profound experience for one and all. The beam... More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Came here on Sat as it was our 10th wedding anniversary which is symbolised as Tin. Nice large car park and easy to enter attraction. We had called and booked in advance as didn't want to travel and not get in. We were met by the most delightful gentleman who congratulated us on on anniversary and made us very welcome.... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks for your FIVE STAR REVIEW on the occasion of your Tenth Wedding Anniversary - we really appreciate your support and are delighted that you all enjoyed your visit, especially your delightful little girl. We are always pleased when younger folk have an enjoyable adventure deep below ground in this historic place and are being educated at the same... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Quite an incredible experience, brought to life by the very knowledgable, enthusiastic and informative guide Wayne. A real treasure not to be missed, and the genuine Poldark mine. Bring waterproof footwear and a jacket. Not for the infirm or nervous but my 10 year old granddaughter loved it! Lots of history and Cornish heritage. Highly recommended

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of recommendation and for taking the trouble to put in a review. We really appreciate that. We are very pleased to hear that your granddaughter loved the mine - if we get the young people learning as well as having an interesting adventure, then we really feel that we are doing a good job.... More 

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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Visited Wednesday 23rd November. First impressions - big car park with plenty of space; big sign advertising 'Open all year round'. Second impressions - all shut. A wasted journey.

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

We are open all year but not everyday!!! There are large A3 signs by our entrance with the winter opening days - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays in November - tours at 11am and 12.30 only. Grounds & Museum from 10.30 to 1.30 only on open days. Our main signs have our web site and telephone number 'writ large'. Its impossible... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We visited here as a spur of the moment thing after seeing a sign for it during a day out on our weeks holiday and we were really glad that we did, initially we thought the entrance cost to be a little steep but my husband who suffers with claustrophobia and didn't wish to go down the mine was not... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the FIVE STARS and for the great report on your visit to this ancient and historic place. Our tiny team of staff and volunteers are all greatly encouraged to hear just how much your exploration of the mine and our well-filled museum was - our museum of smaller items has just been increased in space and our... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Thank you to the guide who took us on the tour Saturday he was so knowledgeable and friendly. So privileged to have walked in the footsteps of generations of men and children who worked these mines. You really feel a sense of the history and awe at the conditions people worked in for 12 hours a day. I highly recommend... More 

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David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Thanks for the FIVE STAR award- very much appreciated and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Your words of encouragement are reward for us and by recommending others to visit will help us to keep the historic mine and museum running - thanks again from all of us here including your popular guide Wayne. More 

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