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Poldark Mine

| Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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Visit with US cousins

Interesting visit to this mine, good to be able to go underground and have the full experience! The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Magsbkw
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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
Fascinating insight into Cornish mining

A mini adventure exploring underground to see how Cornish miners over the centuries mined Tin. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debbie R
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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 telephone] - Please arrive at least 15 minutes before advertised times - Check our website or Facebook page for better time & other 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 some of his books including his twelfth & final book in the mine's gardens in 2002 when he was 94, the books are available in the mine's bookshop. He renamed the mine as Poldark Mine in 1977 which was a wonderful accolade. 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 & informal country 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 'til 1959. There are static engines, picnic lawns & a 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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| Trenear, Wendron TR13 0ES, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting visit to this mine, good to be able to go underground and have the full experience! The guide was excellent, informative and clear. We thought it was on the expensive side.More

Thank Magsbkw
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased you came to visit us with your U.S. cousins. We offer great value to visit our gardens & museum or for the guided underground tour of this ancient and most historic mine. Your visit would not have been possible only for the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A mini adventure exploring underground to see how Cornish miners over the centuries mined Tin. The introductory talk and video is very informative and sets the scene for going underground. Be prepared to get a bit wet, there is a lot of water dripping and...More

1  Thank Debbie R
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to have the four star review!. We really do wish you had advised us when you were here that the hand drier was not working as we had an electrician at the museum who could have speedily attended to this at the time. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We are fans of the TV series Poldark and visited Cornwall to see the locations from the series. Whilst the tin mine is not featured in the current series we were told that it was used for filming some underground shots in the 1970's series...More

Thank Tom R
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming to see us and for the FOUR STAR review. However your information is somewhat incorrect! Poldark Mine has been featured in all of the BBC Poldark productions since the 1970 and in the current series. All of the underground sequences were...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Following our recent visit to Poldark I left feeling underwhelmed. I have holidayed in Cornwall for the last 20 or more years and love it, I last visited poldark when I was 11 back in 1991, what a stark change to how it was, which...More

4  Thank Bobbin22
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You declared the " the mine tour is brilliant full of information and insight to life back in the day with tin mining" you went on to day "you have a museum which has some fascinating items" Two great comments. You are right, with good...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great few hours out! The setting is lovely and the museum has lots of bits and bobs in. The guided tour from Robert was a treat - very knowledgeable and funny and the tour itself was a great insight into Cornish Tin mining!!More

Thank Robert A
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks Robert for the FIVE star review - we really do appreciate hearing from our visitors who have a great time here. We love the place too. Your namesake Robert has been guiding here for many years and has a fun way of engaging...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my husband and friends and while we enjoyed the tour of the mine with a very good Guide called Dave I think his name was we did all agree it was quite expensive for what there was to see there . We paid...More

4  Thank Nickystan47
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased you came to visit this ancient mine & tin dressing floors, however as the expression goes "if you bite us we will bark”. Unfortunately for us, your comments were more destructive than helpful. The images you stuck on the internet were not...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my other half found this place whilst looking for things to do on a rainy day, and we were not disappointed. The tour through the mine was very interesting and the tour guide, David, was very friendly and passionate. The tour itself was...More

2  Thank G H
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your "brilliant" FIVE STAR review. This was very much appreciated and we are delighted that your rainy day was made far more interesting than the downpours we were experiencing. The sun has been with us for a few days and all of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is stuffed full of memorabilia of a time Cornish mining led the world and exported miners to some of the farthest regions of earth. Look in the education room and see just how many countries have become home to the Cornish Miner. The...More

1  Thank Steve W
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was wonderful to be awarded FIVE STARS following your visit to this historic place in the rural village of Wendron. David Penhaligon really does bring the history of our mine alive as he explains how it was worked and tells the tale of the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The story of Cornish Tin Mining is very interesting. Walking through the mine gave an insight into the history of Cornwall. The workings really made mining come to life. Our guide Rob made the experience memorable. He made his subject, amusing and very interesting. All...More

1  Thank Helen1852
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Please accept our grateful thanks for your excellent FIVE STAR review Helen and for the "Heritage at its Best" accolade. Such reviews are really encouraging. Its always good to know how much enjoyment is created by the mine tours here and our eclectic collection of...More

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to Poldark Mine, David the guide was very knowledgeable and the mine itself was amazing. The garden is very pretty and we enjoyed an excellent coffee but it's such a shame to see all the empty, scruffy buildings that seem to...More

Thank R A C
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Many thanks indeed for coming to visit us, and also for the FIVE STARS! We are glad you enjoyed our coffee and had an enjoyable time in the mine and in the garden. Thanks for your sensible suggestion. Sadly, we have a rather a lot...More

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Johnny1016
9 February 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
sorry, I can't remember - it was months ago. Try their website
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Paul K
25 January 2016|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not at Poldark, I am in Kent. I only visited it last year. If you punch it into you satnav it should give an ETA
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Eileen M
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Response from David E | Property representative |
Only spotted your question this evening. The choice is a taxi or a 'bus. Its worth mentioning that the timing of your journey by 'bus is important - allow two hours for your visit to the mine and museum, aim to be at the... More
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