Geevor Tin Mine

    One of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and an iconic Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

    Geevor at sunset

    History in a dramatic landscape

    Geevor Tin Mine is a multi-award winning family-friendly attraction set in the wide open spaces of the Lands End peninsula on the dramatic Atlantic coast. The views are spectacular, the air is fresh and the scenery breathtaking!

    Located in the village of Pendeen on the coast road between St Ives and Lands End Geevor Tin Mine is the largest preserved mine site in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

    Geevor closed as a working mine in 1990 and has operated for 30 years as a museum and learning centre keeping this vital part of Cornwall's history alive.

    Our mine guides, many who worked here when the mine was producing tin, help tell the story of Cornish mining and what it was like to work hundreds of metres below the ground.

    Why you should visit?

    • Go underground into 18th century Wheal Mexico Mine
    • Get hands-on in the interactive Hard Rock museum
    • Discover the authentic miners’ story in the Miners’ Dry
    • Explore the many mine buildings with their magnificent mining machinery
    • Walk the dramatic Cornish coastline
    • Pan for 'gold' and gems and keep what you find!
    • Family activities and events to enjoy all year round

    We are open from Sunday to Thursday throughout the year

    Put your hard hat on and discover!

    Experience going into a real mine. Walk through the tunnels that were made by men and boys over two hundred years ago! It's cool in the mine!

    The exact date when mining began in the area eventually operated by Geevor is not known, but in the old workings in the Wheal Carne section there is a date of 1791 cut into the wall of the adit (drainage) level.

    Our underground tours explore Wheal Mexico which was part of the tin and copper mining industry that dominated Cornwall for centuries, providing the bronze used in machinery during the Industrial Revolution. Cornish mines produced the metals used in factories producing cotton and woolen cloth in the north of England, buttons in Birmingham and ships on Clydeside!

    Take the Virtual Tour

    A pioneering 360-degree virtual reality tour has been launched at the historic Geevor Tin Mine, opening up this part of the Cornish mining World Heritage Site for the first time to a wider variety of visitors of more ages and abilities.

    The VR “tour”, viewed through an Oculus headset, gives access to parts of the eighteenth century mine-workings and twentieth century mill, in their breath-taking setting upon and beneath cliffs near Land’s End, for people who would not otherwise get to enjoy all Geevor has to offer.

    The tour gives a chance for even more visitors from far and wide to experience what Cornish tin mining - at the heart of Winston Graham’s series of Poldark novels - was all about and why the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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