Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen: Hours, Address, Geevor Tin Mine Reviews: 4.5/5

Geevor Tin Mine
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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hydromorph
8 contributions
May 2022
Geevor is an astonishing place. Cornwall – especially west Cornwall – has a large number of very wonderful 18th and 19th century mining sites to visit, but Geevor is unique in being a well-preserved 20th century mine. I can remember, as a teenager, walking on the coast path past Geevor and seeing a sea which was orange with the runoff from the mine: it's that recent.

Not only is there an enormous amount to see, there are a significant number of ex-miners who worked on the mine before it closed, and who are very happy to talk about it.

The mill is astonishing: it's enormous! The miners' dry is extremely evocative. The landscape below the mine is sometimes like walking on Mars.

It's just wonderful, and unique: if you have any interest at all in industrial heritage this is something you must see.

It is also well-placed as a starting point for walks along the coast path and to the nearby Levant mine (also very worth visiting) as well as Botallack with its famous engine houses perched over the sea.

It has lots of indoor space so it's great in bad weather.

This is somewhere everyone who visits Penwith should go.

I was slightly concerned by the lack of an evident sprinkler system in the mill: nit because I think it is dangerous, but because I fear it could be lost in a fire and it is probably irreplaceable. I would be heartbroken if I could not visit again.
Written 12 May 2022
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robert h
Herne Bay, UK28 contributions
May 2022
We visited in Early May 2022 and it would appear that the cafe is still recovering from precautions taken during the height of the pandemic.

Whilst we appreciated that “table service” only is offered, having sat down at a vacant table, we were somewhat surprised to see a tour group and their guides able to go to the counter and order meals after we sat patiently waiting for someone to take our order..
We decided discretion was called for, and we quietly left before even being asked to order. The menu looked good, the prices appeared reasonable, but sadly the “at table service only” appears not be followed for tour groups.
Written 4 May 2022
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David C
11 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
best pasty I've ever tasted lovely views and the staff were very chatty and helpful and stunning views
Written 2 May 2022
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Julian
Croxley Green, UK5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Really interesting place. I came with preconceived notions that I’d see a tunnel and a ‘Poldark-style’ ruined chimney. How wrong was I !

As you approach the site it doesn’t look much but that’s because everything is in the buildings, and most aren’t immediately obvious. Once you start going around it’s fascinating. For starters this was a working tin mine up until the 1990s. As you visited the various sheds there was lots of information about how the tin was mined, processed and the working lives of the miners. The ‘Dry’ was quite poignant. This was where the miners changed into/out of their working clothes at the start/end of their shifts. The camaraderie they must have had was obvious, as was the effect on the community when the mine closed because more productive tin mines in other parts of the world, and falling tin prices, made this mine uneconomic to run.

Personally I loved the engineering solutions to extract the tin ore. Machines that crushed, vibrated and sorted the rock to produce the grades of tin compounds ready to be smelted to the tin metal. I also loved meeting the guides, some (all ?) who had worked in the mine when it was open. They seemed a very cheery and fun bunch. Great to have as colleagues working underground doing a physically demanding job.

Well worth a visit.
Written 15 April 2022
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Byronlightning
Salisbury, UK2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
What an awesome visit! We didn’t have time to stay for as long as we needed to but Mark entertained us with his melodeon and then got us around quickly. It is such a wonderful experience and we get to go back because of Gift Aid so most definitely will. All the guides are so good with the children. We learned so much and cannot wait to go back. Thank you Geevor
Written 14 April 2022
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Richard G
Kirton in Lindsey, UK19 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
A really good day out! One of our group uses a mobility scooter and still had plenty to do, all the museums and old buildings were accessable and there was plenty of them. The rest of us then went down below and was a great experience. Had lunch in the cafe which had amazing views over the mine and the sea, lovely food and staff and they even had vegan options! Honestly a great day out for the whole family lots to do and lovely staff around the whole site telling interesting facts about the mine and one was even playing the accordion!
Definitely would recommend!
Written 10 April 2022
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Phileas_Flogg
Oxford, UK311 contributions
Mar 2022
This old mining site delivers in buckets and was one of the highlights of our Cornish sojourn.

It is a sprawling site of abandoned buildings from different eras and, to be honest, shouldn't be half as interesting as it is. But the guided tour is informative, the changing rooms look like they were used only yesterday, the 3D depiction of the tunnels and lodes just blows your mind and the setting, looking over the Atlantic is breath-taking.

This is not an over-refined attraction. It's quirky and random but somehow its shortcomings are dwarfed by the story it manages to tell very competently.

I personally don't think this is a suitable attraction for kids. The 'underground' tour is genuine but short and neither particularly informative nor memorable so that is not a good reason to drag 10 year old round a very large, messy site full of 1970's technology and rusty equipment.

We spent around 2 hours at Geevor and, for once, the annual ticket gave a welcome opportunity to return and see some of the areas we didnt have time for.
Written 4 April 2022
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Heather M
68 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We had am amazing visit to geevor mine. We went as a group and thoroughly our visit. Our guide, Mo, was really informative and interesting and there was so much for us to see. We spent almost 5 hours there and the time flew by. Such a great experience finding out about our local history and well worth the visit.
Written 21 March 2022
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RockyIsland
Hayling Island, UK131 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
What a great attraction this is, so much to see and do. We were there about 4 hours in total. Great tour of the Mill with Grant. Don’t miss the film in the museum, I would recommend you see this first. All staff were friendly. Strange to say but the icing on the cake was the cafe, fabulous homemade food, the pasties are amazing as was the cream tea, served by friendly staff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and at amazing prices, so good.
Written 8 March 2022
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Somersetsteve2
Somerset, UK903 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Do not even think of coming to this part of Cornwall without visiting the Geevor tin mine. It may seem a little expensive at first but, believe me, it’s worth every penny. There is so much to see. We arrived at 12.30pm and only left at 4.00pm because they were closing. We could easily have spent at least another hour there. Our guide, Grant, an ex miner was so knowledgeable and passionate about the mine. He really brought it to life with his first hand descriptions of the processes and the appalling working conditions ( despite this, he says he misses it!). A truly memorable and emotional experience ( and the cake in the cafe, served by lovely young ladies, is pretty good too!)
Written 8 March 2022
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Geevor Tin Mine is open:
  • Sun - Fri 10:00 - 16:00