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“Interesting, informative and fun (and mostly dry for a wet day!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Geevor Tin Mine

Geevor Tin Mine
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Pendeen
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Owner description: 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.
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, informative and fun (and mostly dry for a wet day!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Recommended by a friend in Cornwall ("Spend a day at Geevor, it's much better than Eden Project" was her advice - and I have to agree!). Industrial and social sides both entwined, and the miner's changing area ("The Dry") was just as the miners walked out - like they could be back in tomorrow with all their things there, very evocative. Something for everyone no matter what your interests.

Visited August 2014
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“iconic cornish industry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

Through out your travels in Cornwall you will see evidence of the mining industries, in some ways we owe it to the pioneers and workers from these mining heritages to visit their museums. Geevor is no exception, worked until about 1990 it must have been devastating to the local area and economy when it closed. The visit is mainly on the pit head and associated buildings and processes, a large dog friendly site built on sloping Cornish cliff tops, magnificent views with several visitors having picnics although we wanted to eat in the café and wasn't disappointed, well presented and good portion size at a fair price. The underground tour was tight but true to the conditions that was worked in, was frightening for one small toddler in our group but don't be deterred by that ( We had youngster once). If you take Geevor for what it is ( a tin mine museum) and not a theme park you will not be disappointed. Take the time to speak to the friendly and informative staff to add to your experience.

Visited August 2014
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Goole, United Kingdom
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“Good day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Nice day out lots of different things to look at payed once and you can get in all year round did the underground tour which wasn't for all in the party very claustrophobic for some but the site is set on a lovely cliff top with old tin mine buildings to explore all in all a good day out

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“Historic mine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

Geevor mine is a great place to visit, which let's you understand the history and the sadness of the mine when it closed.

We went straight for the underground tour, make your way through the mill to the start of the tour. Here you have the choice to wear a coat supplied, take the coat you will need it!

The reason for the coat is due to the tight underground mine. You will brush the walls.

The mine shows what conditions where like but it is a shame that we are not able to go and see any more of the mine.

There are other places to visit but the best were the Hardrock, watch the video on the history. Then we went to the dry. This area shows how the miners prepared for work and after their shift. There are photos of the miners on the walls and their lockets are as they left them. Sadly, when the miners die they place their photo in their lockers. Very sad.

Worth a visit.

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“Great Time Had By All”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

There is lots to look at here and a great deal of history. Apart from the panning I do not think there is a lot here for little ones. Free car park good start. Great views over the sea. The walk towards the under tour was interesting. The underground bit was as expected very cramped wet and dirty. You have to bend over most of the way around. My 69 year old mother in-law made it fine though. Do not go if you are claustrophobic in anyway. It is dark and close! I am over the two negative points now so rate this highly but I will let you know what they are. 1) When waiting for the underground tour (some forty minutes!) we were told they could only take 8 or 10 at a time. When underground this is understandable. There was no order to who they took. My party of four were there first but missed out due to others being more pushy. We waited another 20 minutes. We stayed near they front to ensure we were part of the next party. 2) This led to the second poor point. A lady next to me had a child in a harness and was told she could not take the child underground. Again this will make sense when under the ground. But at no point previously had she been told this! She had paid and waited her 40 minutes only at the last to be told NO!

Visited July 2014
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