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Address: | Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
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+44 1326 573173
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Tue 10:30 - 01:30
Thu 10:30 - 01:30
Sat 10:30 - 01:30

Tour Times in half term are from 11th to 25th daily - 11.00 12.15, 1.30...

Tour Times in half term are from 11th to 25th daily - 11.00 12.15, 1.30 and 2.15 - please check our Facebook page. 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 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 a complete chapel organ.

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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Adventure underground and into the past

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
john c
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank ScubamommaDevon
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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

3 Thank Yvonne F
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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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

5 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 

5 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

1 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 

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