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Poldark Mine

| Trenear, Wendron, Helston TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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Make sure you go early as the tours get booked up very quickly. Great tour Wayne fantastically... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Poole, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting but over-priced

Would recommend pre-booking at peak times as people were being turned away! Tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bedford, United Kingdom
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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, Helston TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Make sure you go early as the tours get booked up very quickly. Great tour Wayne fantastically interesting and brought the conditions of the mines to life.

Thank Emily698
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would recommend pre-booking at peak times as people were being turned away! Tour guide was very interesting and knowledgeable. Group a little big meaning we had to stand down tunnels to be spoken to making it more difficult to see and hear specifics. The rest...More

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

We are not overpriced! We offer a very fair price for a 65 minute underground guided tour, a museum filled with many historic & unique items, and our lovely gardens - and it includes FREE parking - (its £6 a car at Lands End), admission...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect with all the hype Fromm the BBC tv series, but I was not disappointed, our guide was very friendly and funny and shared lots of interesting facts about the mines and also others in Cornwall. A great day out....More

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

Great to know how much you enjoyed your visit and managed the steps with your carer. We try to avoid the TV hype - but as all of the filming of the underground scenes was done in the mine in 1977 and for the present...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I remember coming here on a family trip when I was 5 years old and it was an adventure going through all the tunnels - today I revisited the mine with my partner, aged 34 and again really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was excellent...More

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

To have FIVE STARS from a returning visitor is praise indeed. Many thanks to you for this from all of us here. We are glad that you had a great time and some fun too, our guides try to ensure that we treat the history...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on the recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed. The entrance area is a bit strange, but once inside was impressed by the range of things to see. There is even an underground tour (of about an hour) if you want a...More

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

Thanks for coming to see us and for the FIVE STAR REVIEW. We are delighted to hear that you were impressed by the museum collection. and enjoyed the gardens and tea taken on the bandstand on the lawn. We are still working on the restoration...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 9 July 2017 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

6  Thank Bobbin22
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

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 4 July 2017 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

2  Thank Robert A
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

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

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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
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
Eileen M
5 July 2015|
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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