Poldark Mine is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours and is regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining.
Poldark Mine at Wendron is centrally located near Helston on the Lizard Peninsula. The mine is set in four acres of wooded riverside gardens in a beautiful glen on the River Cober valley. The demesne is set in a rural area of Cornwall just 6 miles from the sea. The well-known mine has reopened under new management and as part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site has a special place in the story of tin mining. Some consider it to be the veritable cradle of tinning.
Visitors have been coming from all over the world to explore the labyrinth of levels, caverns, adits, stopes, tunnels and shafts that make up this 18th century mine since it was first opened to the public in 1975.
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.
So amazing is this place that the former chairman of English Heritage said it was "one of the two most atmospheric mine tours in Europe".
Moreover, the mine has been open for 40 years, an incredible record than 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 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.
Daily Underground Guided Tin Mine Tours
11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm
Gardens, Museum, and Coffee Shop
Open from 10.30am
Last Admission 2.45pm