Cornwall’s deepest mine is here, and those riches below ground inspired workmanship above: timber, candles, rope…and engineering talent that would shape the world.
Richard Trevithick’s steam carriage – famously tested on Camborne Hill – is just one of the ways their sharp minds and skilled hands have made history…and they still have plenty for you to discover today.
In Camborne, you’ll find a lively Cornish town with plenty going on to entertain you.
The town centre is simply packed with traditional, local businesses. From old-fashioned butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers to computers, music and model railways, the shops are bursting with value and local character – of course you’ll find familiar faces too.
In Camborne, they’re blessed. Some of Cornwall’s finest scenery, heritage and nature can be found right on their doorstep. Within just a few miles, they have the dizzying cliffs at Hell’s Mouth, and the bluebell-strewn woodlands at Tehidy and Pendarves. Plus the area’s simply bursting with history – whether that’s mining sites at East Pool, King Edward Mine and the Great Flat Lode, or ancient, mysterious remains at the Giant’s Quoit and Carn Brea.
And with easy parking and great public transport, getting there couldn’t be easier.
So what will you discover? To find out more you can also visit www.cambornetown.com
Reasons to visit Camborne
- Walk the streets where history was once made and enjoy the Heritage Trail. Click here for trail
- Home to one of Cornwall’s most famous sons, Richard Trevithick and the Puffing Devil.
- A town packed with traditional, local businesses and household names.
- Restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs offering a warm Cornish welcome.
- Easy parking and great public transport.
- The capital of Cornish mining and part of the World Heritage Site
- On the National Cycle Route 3 Click here for detail
Nearby attractions include
- Heartlands, Tehidy Country Park and Carn Brea Castle
- Museums - King Edward Mine Museum and East Pool Mine and Museum
- Beaches less than 5 miles away including Portreath and Godrevy
Things to do in Camborne
- Tehidy Country Park is 250 acres of woodland and lakes, ponds and cascades, with 9 miles of footpaths to explore and is also the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Visitors may stroll around the lake, explore leafy glades or wilder areas of woodland or be immersed in the rich flora and fauna. With a different type of beauty for every season, Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round
- With easy access to the South West Coast Path, they recommend the Portreath to Perranporth route, that is just over 12 miles long. heads north past Gooden Heane Cove and to the large sandy beach at Porthtowan. At the north end of this beach, overlooking Chapel Porth is the disused Wheal Coates mine, a landmark on this part of the coast and an indication of the intense mining that once happened right accross the county. From here the coast becomes more rocky as you round St Agnes head and descend to Trevaunance Cove, a sand and rock beach. Just beyond this beach is another steep mining valley and you then pass a small airfield to descend to Perranporth, with it's large sandy beach and huge dune system - a classic Cornish beach
- Head to one of the nearby beaches including Portreath and Godrevy and enjoy a day of sandcastles, rock pooling or simply just relaxing
- Camborne boasts an award winning park called Tuckingmill Valley Park. The site is situated in the heart of Camborne and Redruth and has become a symbol of regeneration for the area. The park has a bespoke skate park, walking trails, play facilities, public toilet and creative art installations set within a rich mosaic of habitats. Two chimney stacks are key features on the site and yellow flowering Gorse provides year round interest. The Red River, named by its original colour caused by the minerals from the mines, runs through the site and is home to a diverse range of invertebrates
- Pendarves Wood Nature Reserve started out as part of the Pendarves Estate. It was built, in part, as an ornamental garden for the manor. Since 1976, the site has been run by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and is home to all sorts of plants and animals. These days there are 40 acres of broad-leafed woodland to stroll through, where you can see yellow brimstone butterflies and carpets of bluebells in, or if you visit closer to dusk, bats and badgers too.
Photo credits to: Bernie Pattersen, Anthony Greenwood