Tin Coast

Botallack, Tin Coast, Visit Cornwall, mining, heritage, sea

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The Tin Coast is a cultural landscape of World Heritage site status and a place defined by Cornish mining. This area of breathtaking rugged coastline is popular with walkers, photographers and Poldark fans.

St Just

St Just’s history is typical of the whole area, rich in mining, farming and fishing from remote times. Everywhere can be seen monuments of this, often amid the moorland, heather and gorse. 


One of Cornwall’s most iconic places, and a location in BBC’s Poldark. The famous Crowns engine houses of Botallack Mine cling dramatically to the foot of the cliffs. Botallack is owned and looked after by the National Trust and is able to care and conserve areas like this thanks to their members, volunteers and donors.


The Lelant Mine and Beam Engine is an 1840s beam engine that powered the clifftop mine representing Cornish Mining and the World Heritage Site. In its dramatic clifftop setting in St Just in West Cornwall, Levant Mine and Beam Engine's surviving buildings and ruins as a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site offer a window on another world where men and women toiled to extract the riches of the earth from beneath crashing waves. The mine is looked after by the National Trust so that you can interact with living mining history.

Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall is an iconic mine chimney stack dating back to 1894. The area was heavily mined in the 1800s for copper and tin and at the back of Priests Cove below, fenced off tunnels can still be seen leading deep underground and out to sea. Priests Cove at Cape Cornwall is one of those places that you can only find in Cornwall, a rocky beach with the remains of the Victorian mining industry all around and fishermen’s sheds overgrown by wild flowers.  In the winter, the Atlantic storms batter the beach and surrounding cliffs.