You will find many fantastic examples of Cornwall’s rich mining heritage dotted across the landscape surrounding Porthtowan. Many of the original mines and mine workings are on the main cliff path and inland around Porthtowan and St Agnes. There are also some mines that have been established as tourist destinations in their own right, giving you the opportunity to find out more about Cornwall’s mining history and go underground:
Located in the far west of Cornwall on the Atlantic Coast, Geevor Tin Mine is a fabulous exhibit of Cornish mining history. A fully working mine until 1990, Geevor Tin Mine is now the largest preserved mining site and museum in the UK.
Sat Nav reference: TR19 7EW
Poldark Mine is the site of tin mining from prehistoric times. Boasting one of Europe’s finest underground mine tours, Poldark is described as a Jewel in the Crown of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
Sat Nav reference: TR13 0ER
Situated on a cliff edge 5 miles from Land’s End, the oldest beam engine in Cornwall is being driven once more by steam thanks to an extensive programme of restoration and rebuilding by the National Trust and members of the Trevithick Society.
Sat Nav reference: TR19 7SX
Tolgus Tin Mine is an authentic slice of Cornwall’s mining history. Situated on the site of Cornish Goldsmiths only a few miles from Towan Valley, the mill remains in its original state which for hundreds of years processed tin ore. The mill continues to be one of the most important industrial heritage sites on Cornwall. Inside you will find shaking tables, a round table, water wheels, dipper wheels, launders, pulverisers, slime pits and much more.
Sat Nav reference: TR16 4HN
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