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Poldark Mine & Rural Open Air Museum

Helston, Cornwall, England

1 star Rating 1/5 (1 review)

Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Poldark Tin Mine - located in the picturesque Wendron Valley, is one of Cornwall's most important heritage sites, and contains what are believed to be the oldest complete mine workings in Great Britain that are open to the public.

Poldark Mine is one of the few mines where you can see the underground workings, as you are taken deep below the hillside through the labyrinth of caverns and tunnels into the only complete underground Cornish tin mine open to the public. Worked from the Medieval period until 1790s the mine workings at Poldark retain much of their original character.

The mine tour may not be suitable for less abled visitors. There are some low spots and narrow passages, and lots of steps. You will need to wear the hard hat provided, and sensible shoes are a requirement - flip flops and open sandals will not be allowed, trainers and crocs are fine.

Other restrictions apply. The entire Poldark Demesne is a 100% smoke & Dog free Zone due to the wildlife on site and strict mine regulations - matches lighters etc are contraband prohibited items & must be left in your car.

The underground sequences for the BBC 2015 & 1977 Poldark series were filmed here.


  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0ES, England


Click here to visit Poldark Mine & Rural Open Air Museum's website
01326 573 173

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April to October

Tours every 1 hour and 15 minutes starting at 11:00

Gardens, Museum, & Coffee Shop 10:30 - 14:45


Adult (Mine Tour): £17.60

Adult (Deeper Mine Tour): £20.80

Adult (Museum & Gardens only): £5.95

Child (Mine Tour): £14.60

Child (Deeper Mine Tour): £17.80

Child (Museum & Gardens only): £4.80

Family (2 & 2) Mine Tour: £49.60

Family (Deeper Mine Tour): £65.80

Family (Museum & Gardens only): £15

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Eating information

Snacks and freshly ground coffee are available from the coffee counter in the museum most of the year. The garden cafe is open in July, August and September.


Yes, in the gardens for visitors to the gardens.

Gift shop

There is a book shop with a range of mining related books, a selection of the Poldark Series novels and books on Cornwall. The souvenir shop has a wide range of rock and mineral samples for sale at reasonable prices from just 25p.

Baby food facilities

A baby changing room is provided in the garden.


cost prohibitive for us

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by Anonymous . 08.08.16

i love local history and we are local to the area, but the cost for a family of three for this tour is clocking at £50 and it is just too costly

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Poldark Mine & Rural Open Air Museum


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