Poldark Mine


Useful Information

Location: Cornwall. On the B3297 between Redruth and Helston. 2 miles from Helston on the B3297 to Redruth, signposted.
MapLocation by UK Streetmap
Open: Easter to 01-MAY daily 10-17:30, last mine tour 16.
02-MAY to 02-JUL Mon-Fri, Sun 10-17:30, last mine tour 16.
03-JUL to 03-SEP daily 10-17:30, last mine tour 16.
04-SEP to 29-OCT Mon-Fri, Sun 10-17:30, last mine tour 16.
[2007]
Fee: Surface visit: free.
Guided underground mine tours: Adults GBP 18.60, Children (6-18) GBP 3.95, Family (2+2) GBP 17.20.
[2007]
Classification: ExplainTin Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension:  
Guided tours: Under 4's are permitted on tours at the Mine Guide's discretion. For safety reasons children may not be carried whilst underground. The normal underground tour is unsuitable for the disabled. Please ask at reception for information on special evening visits for the disabled. Dogs on leads allowed on the site.
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: G Watching, S E Young (ND 1978?): Poldark Mining Ltd, A Guide to the Mine, Machinery & Bygones Museum. 72 pp illus.
Richard Fells, photographs by Tim Grevatt (1989): A Visitor's Guide To Underground Britain, Caves, Caverns, Mines, Tunnels, Grottoes. 144 pp, 49 colour photos, B&W frontis, 8 location maps, bibliography, glossary etc. HB DW.
Poldark Mine p 47-48
Address: Poldark Mine & Heritage Centre Wendron, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0ER, Tel: 24 hour hotline +44-1326-563166, Enquiries +44-1326-573173, Fax: +44-1326-563166. E-mail: contact
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History

1725 mining started.
1810 mining ended.
1976 opened to the public.

Geology


Description

Poldark Mine dates from 1725 until is was closed in 1810. It was lack machinery and relied on just man and animal power. The mine provided a major source of employment for the valley in which it sits, and, at it's peak in the 1830's, proved employment over 900 people.

Poldark Mine contains what is believed to be the oldest complete mine workings in Europe that are open to the public. Many of the machines, which are now exhibited throughout the gardens, are still in full working order.

As well as the mine tours, there are many more activities on offer making this a great day out for the family, these include a cinema, pets corner, the cobra slide, bumper boats, radio controlled boats, prize bingo, an aviary, childrens play area, amusement arcade and much more.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.