Cyclists on the Great Flat Lode section of the Mineral Tramways Trails, near Seleggan - Paul Watts © Cornwall Council

Events, activities and visiting

          The World Heritage Site (WHS) covers a wide variety of landscapes and destinations throughout Cornwall and west Devon, and there are a great many stimulating visitor attractions and walks to experience.

          Below we offer a number of links to websites that provide details of attractions open to the public along with special events, general tourism information and what the weather is up to!

Mining heritage attractions  

Mining heritage attractions

Cornish Mining Cultural Events  

Cornish Mining Cultural Events

Mine & Yours - the Activity Guide  

Mine & Yours - the Activity Guide

Special events & exhibitions


Special events and exhibitions
Audio Trails     Audio Trails (coming soon)



Mining heritage attractions


There are many excellent mining heritage attractions in Cornwall and west Devon where you can discover the historic and cultural significance of the World Heritage Site and find information on other places to visit which tell the Cornish Mining story.

          CMAMA works with the World Heritage Site to ensure a high quality visitor experience of mining attractions consistent with World Heritage Status. All CMAMA member attractions have passed a rigorous assessment process to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. 


The Count House, Botallack

The Count House, Botallack - Built during the 1860s as an impressive office for the purser of Botallack Mine and a boardroom for its directors, the Count House at Botallack stands on the cliffs near the Crowns Mine. The adjacent Workshop, built as the mine’s coach house and later used as a carpenters’ shop houses interpretation covering the history and ecology of the local area, and is a centre for community events.

The Count House, Botallack Mine, Botallack, Pendeen, Cornwall, TR19 7QG 01736 788588

Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Levant Mine and Beam Engine - In its dramatic cliff-top setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Levant was, for 110 years, 'the Queen of Cornwall’s submarine mines'. Now owned by the National Trust it is home to the famous Levant whim, the only Cornish engine, in its original mine location, still operated by steam.

Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Trewellard, Pendeen, near St Just, Cornwall TR19 7SX 01736 786156

Geevor Tin Mine Geevor Tin Mine - Geevor was a working mine up until 1990. Situated on the dramatic cliffs of the north Atlantic coast it is the major monument to Cornish mining in the modern era and is the key centre west for the WHS. Fantastic underground experience shows the cramped conditions of miners in the early 19th century.

Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW 01736 788662


Trevarno Estate Trevarno Estate - Visit the historic Trevarno Estate where you can explore 70 acres of gardens, grounds and woodlands, some of which date back to 1246. Later home to the Bickford-Smith family who invented the world’s first mining safety fuse which saved many lives, Trevarno is one of the great estates and gardens of Cornwall to be founded on mining wealth. Trevarno also features one of Cornwall’s largest and most diverse plant collections set within magnificent formal, informal and woodland landscapes.


Trevarno Gardens, Crowntown, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0RU 01326 574274

Poldark Mine

Poldark Mine - The only complete underground tin mine in Cornwall open to the public. Follow in the footsteps of 18th century Cornish tin miners on one of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe.* More than just a tin mine, Poldark offers a range of craft activities in addition to a fascinating Museum, new Exhibition tracing the history of the Cornish Miners Overseas, Audio Visual, unique historic machinery, picnic area, café, children’s play area, and the only working Cornish Beam Pumping Engine. Plus Children’s Trail and Dog Walking Trail.

Poldark Mine, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ES 01326 573173

(*Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman, English Heritage 2000-2007)

King Edward Mine

King Edward Mine - As seen on the Edwardian Farm TV programme

Situated in the heart of the Great Flat Lode Mining area, King Edward is the oldest complete mine site in Cornwall. Visit the museum and see working machinery in the tin concentration plant. New for 2011 – the restored steam winder house and displays.

  • Visit the museum, find out how a mine works and learn about the social history

  • Take the guided tour through the tin processing plant where the machinery can be seen running

  • Browse in the shop

  • Group and school visits a speciality

  • King Edward is also an ideal base from which to explore the ‘Great Flat Lode’ trail

King Edward Mine, Troon, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 9DP 01209 614681


East Pool Mine East Pool Mine - A hidden gem at the heart of the World Heritage Site, East Pool has two magnificent Cornish beam engines in their original iconic engine houses, including one of the largest surviving in the world.

East Pool Mine, Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3ED

01209 315027


Mineral Tramways

Mineral Tramways - Explore the historic landscape in and around the mining districts of Camborne, Redruth and Gwennap via a 60km network of mostly off-road multi-use trails, largely following the tramway routes that once serviced the region’s tin and copper mines from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries. 01872 323468

Cornish Studies Library

Cornish Studies Library - Cornwall Council’s largest library of books and printed resources on Cornwall. The collection of over 30,000 volumes covers Cornish history, geography, industries, customs and highlights Cornwall’s mining heritage.

Cornish Studies Library, Alma Place, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2AT 01209 216760


Gwennap Pit

Gwennap Pit - Gwennap Pit is an open air amphitheatre. Having remarkable acoustic properties, it was a favourite preaching place of John Wesley, the 18th century founder of Methodism, with thousands from the mining communities gathering to listen to him.

Gwennap Pit, Busveal, St Day, Cornwall TR16 5HH 01209 822770 or 07974 259806

St Agnes Museum

St. Agnes Museum - Housed in a listed chapel, the social and economic legacy of tin and copper mining in St Agnes Parish is reflected in the Museum’s fascinating collection. Mining artefacts, photographs, maps, films and family histories bring the story to life.

  • New for 2011, an enhanced mining display;

  • New touchscreen displays;

  • Improved disabled access to ground floor;

  • Free admission;

  • Children’s activities and shop.

St Agnes Museum, Penwinnick Road, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0PA  01872 553228

Royal Cornwall Museum Royal Cornwall Museum - A dazzling collection of minerals along with ancient archaeological evidence of early mining captivates visitors of all ages. At its heart is the internationally important collection of Philip Rashleigh.

Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2SJ 01872 272205

Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park - The UK’s only China Clay Museum and Country Park

Set in 26 acres of woodland walks, nestled within a historic valley amongst the preserved remains of Victorian clay works, Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s important china clay industry. The site also incorporates an interactive discovery centre, fantastic view of a modern working clay pit, industry tools and artefacts, children’s challenge trail, gift shop and café. Dogs are welcome throughout.

Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG 01726 850362


Liskeard & District Museum & Information Centre Liskeard & District Museum & Information Centre - We are the interpretation centre and tourist information outlet for the Caradon Mining District. We aim to link the past, present and future of the area in an interesting and informative manner for visitors of all ages. The centre provides local history and information covering the people, natural environment, commerce and buildings that make the Caradon area such an attraction for visitors and locals.

Liskeard & District Museum & Information Centre, Foresters Hall, Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3JE


Information Centre:
Museum: 01579 346087

Information Centre: 01579 349148

Kit Hill Kit Hill - At 333.4m (1098’) Kit Hill is the highest point in the Tamar Valley and from the summit, by the iconic 1858 mining stack, there are stunning 360 views. The Hill has 150 hectares of Heathland to explore, which are strewn with industrial archaeology from a medieval stream works to 20th century granite quarries.

Kit Hill Country Park, Clitters, Callington Cornwall PL17 8HW

(Office - Grid Ref: SX 374 723 and postal address) (search – Kit Hill) 01579 370030


Cotehele - A Tudor house with many stories festooned with tapestries and adorned with arms and armour, pewter and oak furniture. Explore the formally planted terraced gardens or lose yourself in the Valley Garden. At Cotehele Mill enjoy this working water mill, visit the workshops and the newly completed hydro electric building and bakery.

Cotehele, St. Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA 01579 351346


Morwellham River Port, Mine & Railway Morwellham River Port, Mine & Railway - An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre. Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar. Amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, a lost world lives again.

Morwellham Quay, near Tavistock, Devon PL19 8JL 01822 832766


Tavistock Museum

Tavistock Museum - Tavistock is an attractive town with pleasant riverside walks and a busy Pannier Market (normally open Tuesday to Saturday). The museum occupies two rooms above the historic Court Gate. Through exhibitions, a DVD show and artefacts the museum tells the history of the town with particular emphasis on its mining past.

Tavistock Museum, Court Gate, Guildhall Square, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0AE 01822 612546


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Also don't forget the new World Heritage Site activity guide, Mine & Yours - listing these and other great places to visit within the World Heritage Site!

To find out more and how to obtain your copy, please click here for details.

For general tourism information covering Cornwall, please see the VisitCornwall website.

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