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Poldark Mine in Helston


Discover all about Cornwall’s mining heritage at Poldark’s open air museum. There is even the opportunity to put on a hard hat and explore inside England’s most complete tin mine.

TEL:01326 573173
Poldark Mine, Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ER

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Poldark Mine is one of Cornwalls most important heritage sights. It contains, what is thought to be, one of the oldest complete mine workings in Great Britain, which is open to the public.

Tin was mined here in the 18th century and there is even proof that alluvial tin was mined here in prehistoric times. In the 1930’s at the peak of it’s success, the mine provided employment for over 900 people in the surrounding area. When the mine was re-opened in 1908, evidence was found of 17th century mine workings. Amazingly, the earliest recorded tin stamping mill was built at Poldark before 1493!

It is one of the few mines where you can see the exact underground workings. This tour however, is not suitable for anyone who is nervous or disabled, as there are steep steps and narrow passageways. Hard hats and sensible shoes are essential! The mine even has its own underground post box from which letters can be posted and stamped!

The museum also contains mining artefacts from all over Cornwall, not just Poldark. There are steam engines, a beam engine and a large working water wheel, many of the machines on show are still working today.

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