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5 Cornish Mining attractions


Ten individual areas make up the World Heritage Site and included within them are some intriguing attractions which invite visitors to take a trip back in time to experience the mining heyday – here are some of the highlights.

A free visitor attraction and World Heritage Site gateway. Located near Pool in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there is loads of fun and lots of space. Explore state-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures and stroll around beautifully diverse gardens. Kids can let off steam on a giant adventure playscape, there are art and craft studios and a funky cafe in the old carpenters workshop.  

Geevor Tin Mine
Geevor shows the gritty reality and helps visitors really understand the life and times of Cornish miners. The outside exhibitions give an insight into the daily workings of the mine which started extracting tin in 1911 and inside everything is preserved as it was on the last day of the mine’s operation in 1990. You’ll find helmets and boots left in the changing rooms, last minute witty messages chalked up on the walls, empty teacups and newspapers lying around. It’s a bit like discovering the wreck of the Titanic – a little eerie but totally fascinating.

Gwennap Pit
Gwennap Pit is an impressive open air amphitheatre near Redruth made famous by Methodist founder John Wesley, who preached there on 18 occasions between 1762 and 1789. Its remarkable acoustic properties and distinctive natural setting make it perfect for services, musical events, school visits, performances and weddings. Visit to walk around the rows of seats from top to bottom and back up again which measures exactly one mile.

Wheal Martyn
Set in 26 acres of woodland walks, nestled in the historic Ruddle Valley within two former clay works, Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s important billion pound china clay mining industry. The industrial and social history of this vital Cornish industry are explained through artefacts and interactive displays and the story is brought right up to date with a spectacular view into a modern working clay pit at the top of the site.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine
The mine beneath the sea with a dramatic clifftop setting Levant was, for 110 years, ‘the queen of Cornwall’s submarine mines’. Today, the surviving buildings and ruins offer a window on another world where men and women toiled to extract the riches of the earth from beneath the crashing waves. Join an expert guide to discover the site’s secrets and follow the miners' footsteps through the tunnel to the man-engine shaft.

For more info visit the Cornish Mining website

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