WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall
Editor’s Choice…Only The Best Will Do...
Industrial, mining & Railway interests
Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin General Station
Standard gauge steam railway. Café at Bodmin and a buffet car on most trains. Open Feb-Oct but Timetables vary throughout the year – Enquire for details.
01208 73555 bodminrailway.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Blue Hills Tin Streams, St Agnes
The skills of the ancient tinner, from rock to metal. Giftware. Open mid-Apr to mid-Oct Tu-Sa 10-2.
01872 553341 bluehillstin.com Photography: Supplied By Subject
Botallack Engine Houses, Nr St Just
Remains of famous tin mine operational from 1720-1914 which employed 500 people. Tunnels and galleries were projected beneath the sea. The roaring Atlantic clearly audible above the miners’ heads. In 1893 the roof collapsed drowning 29 men, 500 feet down and never recovered. NB Please keep to paths.
trevithic-society.org.uk Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides
China Clay Country Park
Mining and Heritage Centre. New exhibition: Work Horse to War Horse, open air displays, historic nature trails with spectacular views of modern clay pit. Children’s challenge trail, licensed café and shop. Open daily mid-Jan to 23 Dec 10-5 (4 winter).
01726 850362 wheal-martyn.com Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides
Delabole Slate Quarry
1.5 mile circumference at a depth of 500ft, 375 million years of geological history. Worked continuously since the C16, and possibly by the Romans. Showroom. Tours of Quarry May-Aug M-F at 2pm.
01840 212242 delaboleslate.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Geevor Tin Mine, Nr St Just
Mining history centre set in magnificent coastal scenery. Underground tours, museum, café & shop. Open daily from 9 except Sa. Nov-Mar 10-4.
01736 788662 geevor.com
Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station
Transmitting millions of phone calls, TV pictures & computer data via the famous massive satellite dishes. Visitor Centre undergoing restoration. Hence, closed.
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Amphitheatre caused by mining subsidence. Landscaped in 1803. Has excellent acoustics, and is known as the Methodist ‘Cathedral’. Open all year. John Wesley first preached here in 1762, and in 1773, to a congregation of 32,000. How on earth did they all fit in? Annual Methodist Meeting - Spring BHM., when Visitor Centre opens to Sept M-F 10-4.30, Sa 10-1.
01209 822770 gwennappit.co.uk Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Steam railway giving a two-mile return trip along a 15” gauge line to a pleasure area with boating lake, crazy golf, maze, two miniature railways, walks and film show. Café and gift shop. Open daily East-Oct & 1/2 term 10.30-5.30.
01872 510317 lappavalley.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Launceston Steam Railway
Two-foot gauge steam railway using Victorian Locomotives along a beautiful country line. After 2 1/2 miles, Newmills Station, with access to farm park. Transport and Industrial Museum with working exhibits. Café, shop and bookshop. Open East week, Spring BH & Oct 1/2 term, July-Sept Su-F, June Su-Tu,10.30-4.30.
01566 775665 launcestonsr.co.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
(Above Poldhu Cove). The first transatlantic morse code messages were transmitted
from this spot on 12 December 1901, and picked up by Gugliemo Marconi in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photography: Supplied By Subject
Mineral Tramways Discovery Centre, Penhallick
Cornwall’s industrial past revealed by following the Portreath Tramroad, the 11km and the Great Flat Lode trail of 10km. Interpretation Centre. The King Edward Mine. Open all year Tu-Su 10-4, Sa 1-4.
Underground exploration with easy and difficult routes. Suitable for elderly and the fit and fearless. Poldark museum and film. Surface fun for the family. Open East, then all year 10-5.30.
01326 573173 poldarkmine.org.uk Photography: Supplied By Subject
Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash
This ‘Bowstring Suspension Bridge’ is an iron, single-track railway bridge, built by I.K. Brunel in 1859, his last great feat of engineering. The design comprises a wrought iron tubular arch or bow, in the form of a parabola, in a combination with sets of suspension chains hanging on each side of the tube in a catenary curve.
royalalbertbridge.co.uk Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides
World Of Model Railways, Meadow Street, Mevagissey
Over 2,000 models, 30 trains controlled in sequence. Model shop. Open daily Jan-Oct (Nov-DEc W/Es).
01726 842457 model-railway.co.uk