What You Need To Know About Mining In Cornwall

What You Need To Know About Mining In Cornwall

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

Towanroath Engine House at Wheal Coates

While we’re not quite expecting to you to get stuck in to reviving the mines in Cornwall, tin mining in particular forms a significant part of the region’s history and, as such, quite a few potential points of interest for visitors and holiday makers.

Today’s instalment in our Cornwall series will focus on the history of mining in Cornwall, as well as some mines you can pay a visit to and explore. Think of it as the educational part of an entertaining collection!

Whether you want to read up on a little history of Cornish mining before you travel, or intend to visit the mines and immerse yourself in the experience as much as possible, here’s what you need to know about mining in Cornwall.

Quick guide to mining in Cornwall

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

If you are genuinely interested in exploring the mining history of the region, your first stop should be the Cornish Mining website and its veritable treasure trove of information. We did almost call it a mine of useful information, but decided that was taking it a little too far…

There’s this video introducing the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

…this guide to where to go and what to do, and this very handy Cousin Jack’s Cornish Mining App.

Mining sites in Cornwall

For those of you who prefer a simple guide to where to go when exploring mining, here’s where the excavation happened.

Cornish mines open to visitors

If you want to immerse yourself in a complete Cornish tin mine, the ultimate place you need to visit during your holiday is Poldark Tin Mine near Helston. It’s the one complete tin mine in the Cornwall that is open to visitors and offers underground tours. You cannot possibly get any closer to this aspect of Cornish heritage and history.

Also worth a visit are Geevor Tin Mine, Wheal Martyn china clay works and country park, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Heartlands, Gwennap Pit natural amphitheatre, Levant Mine, and King Edward Mine Museum.

Don’t drink the water…

As a final word of warning, if you do decide to explore Cornish mines and related sites, don’t be tempted to take a drink from any natural water source.  While the water may appear to be incredibly fresh (and what could be nicer than drinking straight from the source?), there is evidence of arsenic contamination in Cornish water.

This article provides more information but, in short, just don’t do it.