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Poldark Mine

| Trenear, Wendron, Helston TR13 0ES, England
+44 1326 573173
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See the inside of a Real Tin Mine not a replica

The initial looks of the Poldark mine do not do it justice. The car park area is a little dingy but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Colin6117
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
Poldark Mine

Visited Poldark mine very hot day, lovely gardens to sit & have tea in, lots of interesting bits as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
caz r
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Strood, 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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The initial looks of the Poldark mine do not do it justice. The car park area is a little dingy but do not let that put you off. If you want to hear and see how they are trying to open up a very old...More

Thank Colin6117
David E, CUSTODIAN at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It was great to read your FIVE STAR review, many thanks indeed from the restoration team, our seven guides, volunteers and the small complement of staff who together with support from our contractors, daily visitors and sponsors, combine to make it all possible. We have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Poldark mine very hot day, lovely gardens to sit & have tea in, lots of interesting bits as you go in Aladdin's cave of old items, went down in the mine, Where Gent explained all about mine, which was very informative, very beautiful formations...More

1  Thank caz r
David E, CUSTODIAN at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for the FIVE STAR review. We were all delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your exploration of this ancient mine and our Aladdin's cave of a museum. Your kind words are very much appreciated. We would say that the entire mine is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They are quick to point out that the only connection with Poldark is that they filmed some of the mine scenes here, but the tour is very worthwhile and the guide was very informative. You get a real sense of what it must have been...More

1  Thank edm1887
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting this amazing place, EDM??, we are pleased that you had a good worthwhile time here. Thanks too for the FOUR STAR review. The mine was re-named Poldark Mine by the author Winston Graham in 1977 when the first BBC cameras arrived here...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although named the Poldark Mine you don't have to be a fan. It's the only mine that you can actually down! Really interesting and knowledgable guide. Lovely quirky place.More

2  Thank Fiona P
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks Fiona for your FIVE STAR award. We are so delighted to hear you found it interesting, quirky and lovely. Do call and visit us again next season, and again many thanks for your kind words and accolade. We really appreciate this and enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a wet summers day to find a very run down venue. The entrance is dingey and uninspiring with dusty & cramped exhibits nothing to do with mining! The service to get tickets is very slow. We queued with 1 person ahead of us...More

2  Thank Hertssunlover2
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You said that the tour was fabulous with a great and informative guide. We set out to provide a spectacular & unique mine tour, pleasant gardens and an industrial & social heritage museum filled with interesting artefacts most of which are very closely connected with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience. Walking underground through tunnels drilled through granite by hand hundreds of years ago at a time when Cornwall was the centre of the metallurgical world. All brought to life by Robert, our knowledgeable, friendly and humorous guide. Museum has interesting exhibits and will...More

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

It's really encouraging for all of us here at Poldark Mine, Gardens & Museum to receive such great praise from visitors who have enjoyed their experience here with us in this historic place and the ancient mine of Hwel Roots. The restoration project is moving...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Where do I start? This place is absolutely fantastic. It started by my son, Oscar being so excited to go in waiting at the gates. They were opened by a friendly chap and the excitement started at 10.30. The entrance is great, you already feel...More

1  Thank Jesshs18
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful review - we are so very glad that we were able to look after you and your family so well. We all do our level best here to welcome all our visitors but it really is so encouraging to see the written...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will be honest, in that I have never seen the program Poldark, but when I heard I could go into a real mine I couldn't wait to see it, and this is definitely a must visit attraction for anyone visiting Cornwall. The guy in...More

1  Thank Martin R R
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We were greatly encouraged when we read your FIVE STAR review - many thanks indeed. To know that your visit was so enjoyable was good news too. We enjoy sharing the poignant stories with our visitors that this wonderful place provides from its long history....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Positives- very informative, the distance travelled underground, lowest postbox in the country. Could be better- initial talk could be shorter, smaller groups, tailored talks for children under 12, modernisation of musium. A telephone booking was made prior to visit to ensure a tour. We arrived...More

1  Thank rob t
David E, Custodian at Poldark Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Not sure why you came as you are having a moan in a rather confused way and seem to have a down on children. We are a family orientated mine tour and museum, it would be rather unfair and inappropriate to separate the children as...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Weather looked a bit iffy, so thought a detour underground might be useful. As previous people have commented, the musuem could do with some work, but the tour with Rob was very informative and he was very interactive with some of the young children who...More

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

The weather has indeed been iffy! It was sunny today and our gardens looked wonderful but we had only a small number of visitors. Robert is a great guide who keeps us all smiling as do all of our other guides, each as their own...More

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Johnny1016
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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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