From a small market town to being at the heart of a World Heritage Site, Redruth was once the centre of Cornish mining with the largest and richest metal mining area in the UK. Walking round Redruth you can see its history told through the buildings, such as the old Mining Exchange where bidding for copper and tin took place. Many buildings are now home to antique and vintage clothing shops.
It also offers many activities for the family to enjoy and delicious dining choices; Redruth’s charm means that there really is something for everyone.
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With a deep history there is so much more to Redruth then you could ever have thought. The World Heritage site Gateway at the Heartlands is just one place to explore, with 19 acres of State-of-the-art exhibitions, gardens full of diversity, sculptures and places to play for the children.
East Pool Mine is a great place to discover about the mining industry that once took place in Cornwall. Preserved in engine houses are two beam engines that were once originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers introduced by local hero Richard Trevithick. The pumping engine is one of the largest surviving Cornish beam engines. As well as seeing them, there is also a discovery centre where you can immerse yourself in the industrial history with films and hands-on exhibits.
Gwennap Pit is another historical site that is a must see. It is less than a mile away from Redruth and is an open air amphitheatre that is still used as a place of worship today. It is thought to have been created through the falling through of old mining work. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, helped it to achieve its fame through his open air preaching that took place between 1762 and 1789.
Wheal Peevor offers you the chance to explore an ancient tin mine. With 12 mineshafts and 3 engine houses, all made safe for public use, it gives you the chance to truly feel what life was once like. It is one of the most internationally significant mining houses, after being closed in 1887 it was reopened during the First World War to extract minerals.
The mining history of Redruth is celebrated with the annual ‘International Mining and Pasty Festival’, it is a free event that take places on the 11th-13th September.
In Redruth there are many different options on offer, from cafes to enjoy for a catch up with a friend over a scrumptious slice of cake or restaurants with fine dining experiences to celebrate a special occasion.
Penventon Park Hotel and Dining Galleries uses top quality local food to create an extensive menu for you to choose from. It is open for breakfast, table d’hote and light lunches. There’s an elaborate a la carte evening menu with silver service and a background pianist setting a beautiful atmosphere in this Georgian Mansion for you to enjoy while you dine.
Zest Deli Café is located on Fore Streetand is a vibrant café offering freshly prepared food with daily specials, on certain evenings during the month it is open to enjoy delicious home cooked meals. It also houses an amazing deli selling a vast array of fresh produce, from local producers.
Golden Lion Inn and Lakeside Restaurant offers a spectacular setting with award winning gardens where you have the option to experience the beautiful scenery and wonderful food that you can eat alfresco. Their menu includes traditional English food as well as European and Asian cuisine giving you a wide variety of options.
Carn Brea Castle is a one of a kind dining experience giving you the chance to experience middle eastern food, including kebabs and pilafs, and music from traditional insturments, such as the Tavla, in the heart of Cornwall. The Castle itself can be traced back to 1379. It is a stone twin towered fortress, built by the Bassett family and is inside the ramparts of the Iron Age hillfort. The views are beautiful on a clear evening, an experience you'll never forget.
Fun For the Family
Redruth offers families the chance to try different activities and learn together.
Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre allows visitors to get up close and personal with nature. Based in a spectacular location, Gwen an Mor, you can take part in exciting activities, see impressive falconry birds or even friendly foxes, the experience can be tailor made just for you.
Treasure Park on Portreath Road isbuilt on the site of an old Tin Mine and is amidst breath-taking gardens, the Treasure Park is a major family attraction in Cornwall and is completely free to enter.
At the Moseley Toy and Train Museum there is fun to be had for both kids and grown ups as you can see the collection of toys and vintage model railways, as well as an outdoor half a mile industrial railway, in order to visit you need to make an appointment.
Stithians Lake is a great place for water-based activities with a variety available for the whole family to experience. They offer stand up paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, roller balls and multi-activity days. As well as a cycle routes and a children’s play area.
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