We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Poldark Mine

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: | Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
Phone Number: +44 1326 573173
Website
Today
10:30 - 13:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue 10:30 - 13:30
Thu 10:30 - 13:30
Sat 10:30 - 13:30
Description:

One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened...

One of the oldest visitor places in Cornwall, founded in 1966 & opened to the public over 40 years ago, the mine is a location of the BBC Poldark TV series 2015 & 1977. Its the only complete tin mine open to the public in Europe. The mine is an amazing atmospheric underground 18th century mine labyrinth with oodles of history, set in a wooded riverside demesne in the heart of rural Cornwall. An open air museum in South facing waterside gardens filled with birds & wildlife. With an 1850 Cornish Beam engine, static railway engines, picnic lawns, millrace & ponds dating from Tudor times. The world's first recorded mechanical tin stamp mill was established here over 500 years ago in 1493. A Bronze Age Scheduled Ancient Monument to tinning is in the grounds with a collection of historic mining artefacts & ancient machinery. The museum incorporated the acclaimed Holman Museum collection in 1979, with unique historic mine & beam engine models & much more. Please note, since closure in 2013 & re-opening of the Mine and Museum under new management and ownership in Summer 2014 many surface buildings are no longer in use. Some are to be demolished & others will be refurbished in due course. The gardens are being restored. Restoration of the mine & the famous underground guided tour has taken first place. The small staff team is aided by friends & volunteers under the guidance of a philanthropic custodian.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 376 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 135
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Definitely worth a visit

Visited as a couple on a Sunday afternoon. The mine is easy to find. When you arrive as other reviews have stated the entrance looks a bit tired and uninviting. Do not be put off... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
LindaJaneHollowell
,
Bedford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

376 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 374: English reviews
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Helpful?
1 Thank sid272014
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 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Helpful?
Thank Sarah F
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 

Level Contributor
43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Helpful?
Thank Shelly S
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 

Redditch
Level Contributor
115 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on Monday 7th November CLOSED unfortunately you have 2 Different Websites the one says Open every day in November the other not on a Monday We Chose the wrong one but it was a bit annoying as we had travelled 15 miles to get there Poldark Tin Mine and Gardens, an open air museum in a beautiful rural setting.... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank JFW_250
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review Thanks for your comments - we regret the confusion and duplication which was for two days only due to a temporary IT difficulty beyond our immediate control - our official web site is now correct - the site is maintained by a volunteer and these are hard to come by... More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Recently attended pollard mine as read online it was "great". Pulled up at the gates, it looked good from outside, well decorated with engines dotted around the place, made our way into the "shop/reception/jumble of poldark the series memorabilia, paid £50 for a family pass (2adults 2kids). We were told the next tour would be 40 minutes away, ok we... More 

Helpful?
6 Thank Harry T
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

What a miserable tissue of lies and contradictions. Clearly your comments are intended to cause damage, this mine and museum are very much part of the history of Cornwall and the Wendron Mining District, and we are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clearly you have no respect for this. You say you "pulled up at our gates" which... More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Excellent value for money and great staff. Staff were very well informed and the staff had large amounts of knowledge to share and they thoroughly engaged the group. Our young children loved it. Thank you very much.

Helpful?
Thank Adrian0040
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks indeed for coming to explore the depths of this ancient tin mine and looking around our museum and the tin dressing floors that are the gardens of today. Your award of FIVE STARS says it all - thank you for that. Our small team of staff and volunteers really enjoy sharing the history of this amazing place with... More 

York, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Well and truly amazed by this place. The history behind it that has been gathered by the staff and custodians is nothing short of wonderful, considering that historical records weren't officially kept until after this mine had closed. We arrived early on a Thursday morning, to see the guys opening up the front gates. Once parked we went into the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank UKPeteGraham
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

What a great FIVE STAR report you have provided! It will encourage many others to visit us and to have a clear understanding of what Poldark Tin Mine, gardens and museum is all about. To be able to come here and explore safely the several levels and depths of an historic Cornish Tin mine is a unique experience that has... More 

Goudhurst, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
117 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We loved our visit. This place should be rocking with the Poldark phenomena today. Filming took place on site (under grass) both for this series and the original. Authentic experience. Great informative guide. Maybe the pricing needs to be lowered to make it more accessible for families and overall deliver more income to help with the reinvestment plans. Tea room... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank ghvisitors
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks for the FIVE STAR citation - to hear that you loved your visit is praise indeed. Yes, its true that all of the underground film sequences you see on the BBC series were filmed here - visitors taking the hour long main underground mine tour here can see the two levels where filming took place in the present... More 

Plymouth, Devon
Level Contributor
109 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The site has suffered from having a succession of owners over the last few years, and is looking a bit tired and run down. However, the one constant, still as interesting as ever, is the underground tour of what was once Wheal Roots. Be prepared to get wet from the dripping water, and climb down some very narrow iron grid... More 

Helpful?
Thank Pennies-from-Devon
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

We ought to explain that our restoration of this special historic place started in June 2014 when the closed mine and museum was rescued from bankruptcy to avoid the grounds being turned into a housing development. The run down and damage only started to occur in late 1999 when the mine and museum changed hands. The founder, the late Peter... More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Visited as a couple on a Sunday afternoon. The mine is easy to find. When you arrive as other reviews have stated the entrance looks a bit tired and uninviting. Do not be put off though. The mine tour makes it well worth your visit. It lasts about an hour and our tour guide was Dave. Very knowledgeable and friendly... More 

Helpful?
Thank LindaJaneHollowell
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this review

Many thanks indeed for your FOUR STAR review. We were pleased to know that you had a good time on your underground mining adventure with David who has been guiding here on Sundays for many years. Great too that you managed to find us easily as we are a bit hidden away in the lovely rural heart of West Cornwall... More 

Travellers who viewed Poldark Mine also viewed

 

Been to Poldark Mine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Poldark Mine and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Bath, United Kingdom
10 months ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Poldark Mine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?