WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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Industrial, mining & Railway interests



Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin General Station PL31 1AQ

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 TR5 0YW

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. 

01736 786004 nationaltrust.org.uk     Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides   

China Clay Country Park, Carthew  PL26 8XG

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  PL33 9AZ

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 TR19 7EW

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    Photography:  Supplied By Subject


Goonhilly Earth Station, Helston  TR12 6LQ

There is a new buzz about this Earth Station. The biggest names in satellite communication are expanding their operations via this Communications Centre. Indeed, it ransmits millions of phone calls, TV pictures & computer data via the famous massive satellite dishes. The former Visitor Centre is undergoing restoration and there is no news of the opening date. 

goonhilly.org   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Gwennap Pit, Nr Redruth TR1 1DT

Amphitheatre caused by mining activity. Landscaped in 1806 with a wall around the site which 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? You may well ask. Well, the wall had yet to  be built surrounding the pit. Wesley preached here on 18 occasions. The last time being on the 23rd August 1789 at the gracious age of 86. 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, St Newlyn East TR8 5LX

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 PL15 8DA

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


Marconi Centre, Mullion TR12 7JB
(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.  

01326 241656  marconi-centre-poldhu.org.uk    Photography: Supplied By Subject


Mineral Tramways Discovery Centre, Penhallick TR15 3SE

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.  01209 614681  


Poldark Mine, Trenear, Helston TR13 0ES

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 PL26 6UL

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