Poldark Mine is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours and is generally regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining History. The mine is on several levels and the guided tours by experienced Cornishmen receive many accolades for their unvarnished presentation and the real atmosphere in the mine itself. The mine tour encompasses the 18th century workings of the 1700s, but can boast far earlier pre-Roman origins in areas of the mine that are inaccessible to visitors.
Poldark Mine at Wendron is centrally located near Helston on the edge of the beautiful Lizard Peninsula. The mine is set in over four acres of wooded waterside grounds and gardens in a beautiful glen on the River Cober valley. The tiny Poldark Demesne is in a rural area of Cornwall just 6 miles from the sea. Following closure and bankruptcy in 2013, the well-known mine re-opened in June 2014 under new ownership and heritage management.
As a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Poldark Mine (Wheal or Huel Roots) has a special place in the story of tin mining. It’s an ancient location that is the veritable cradle of tinning in Cornwall. There is a unique 4000 year old Bronze-Age Scheduled Ancient Monument in the riverside grounds where alluvial tin ore was processed by ancient Britons. The Trenear Mortar Outcrop is formed from a living granite outcrop some 270 million years old. The granite here is the oldest in Cornwall being over 20 million years earlier than the remainder and is part of the Carmenellis Pluton. This Monument Stone serves to confirm the great antiquity and national importance of the location. We call this our TIN HENGE.
Visitors have been coming from all over the world to explore the labyrinth of four levels, caverns, adits, stopes, passageways and shafts that make up this 18th century mine since it was first opened to the public in 1976. It has been seen by millions all over the world due to the BBC Poldark Drama that was filmed here in the 1970s and in the current BBC series of Poldark. Other BBC productions have also been filmed here, such as Penmarric, BBC Childrens programmes, BBC TVs FLOG IT, and sequences in a number of documentaries.
About The Mine
The mine has many unique features such as the Shammeling Shaft and distinctive veins of blue peach ore-bearing granite. The Carnmenellis granite pluton itself being some 20 million years older than other granite in Cornwall. Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA FMA the former chairman of English Heritage and current President of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) who is regarded as Britains leading authority on industrial heritage, declared that Poldark Mine was One of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe.
Moreover we have been open to the public for over 40 years, an incredible record that no other mine can equal. Literally millions of visitors have been here during those years and many millions more have seen the mine in a variety of television programmes and documentaries. Most recently and in the 1970s the mine has been the location for underground sequences in the two BBC Television series of Poldark! People are continuing to come here from all over the world to have a peek at this remarkable and historic mine that is described as The Jewel in the Crown of the World Heritage site by the World Heritage Team.
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