FEBRUARY OPEN DAILY from MONDAY 12th of FEBRUARY 2018 to & including Saturday 24th of February [Half-Term weeks]
MAIN MINE EXPLORER TOUR A 65 minutes
11.00 am, 12.15 pm and 1.30 pm Turn up and go at least 15 minutes before above times or telephone to make a reservation.
Grounds & car park open from 10.30 AM - Last Admission 1.30PM
Please ensure you wear sensible walking shoes or trainers.[40 downward steps and 53 upward] [No bags, cameras, ipads, laptops or phones are allowed, photography is NOT permitted]
DEEP MINE ADVENTURE TOUR B *** 90 minutes
THURSDAY 15th FEBRUARY at 2.45 pm BOOKING REQUIRED
TUESDAY 20th FEBRUARY at 2.45 pm BOOKING REQUIRED
THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY at 2.45 pm BOOKING REQUIRED
*** TOUR B - Fit adults only, children must be over the age of 10. [70 downward steps and 73 upward]
Please ensure you wear sensible walking shoes or trainers.[No bags, cameras, ipads, laptops or phones are allowed, photography is NOT permitted]
Bookings for Deep Mine Tour B can only be made by telephone or a personal visit with a credit/debit card at least 2 hours in advance. During the 12 days of Half term opening we have relaxed the advanced booking requirement to 2 hours. [instead of 24 hours].
The booking office is open in FEBRUARY 2018 between 11am and 2.30pm - daily from 12th to 24th - from 27th, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only
This is when the booking office is manned.
Please do not e-mail or leave messages.
CLOSED SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY and MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY
OPEN FROM Tuesday 27th FEBRUARY and thereafter
each TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY until & including 24th March
DAILY SERVICE COMMENCES on SUNDAY 25th of MARCH
[Sunday before Easter]
MAIN MINE EXPLORER TOUR A 11.00am, 12.15pm & 1.30pm [plus private charters]
DEEP MINE ADVENTURE TOUR B *** from Tuesday 27th March and thereafter on each TUESDAY & THURSDAY at 2.45pm
*** TOUR B - Fit adults only, children must be over the age of 10. Booking & pre-Payment by telephone in advance required.
Grounds open from 10.30 to 2.30 - last admission 1.30pm
Visitors for either tour need to arrive & be ready to go underground by at least 15 minutes before tour time
Grounds & Car park open from 10.30 AM - Last Admission 1.30PM
CLOSED Good Friday 30th March 2018
CLOSED Flora Day Tuesday 8th May 2018.
PLEASE NOTE :- CONTRABAND - FOR SECURITY & THE SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR VISITORS WE REGRET THAT CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES, PCs & PADS or any similar or other electronic devices, bottles with liquids or sprays, will not be allowed into the mine or museum from January 2nd 2018 - no matches, lighters, smoking materials, e-cigarettes are allowed, please leave all such items & devices in your car boot or at home.
Smoking is not allowed in anywhere on our grounds and is prohibited in our car park or outside our gates. WE ARE A SMOKE FREE ZONE.
Any backpacks, handbags or cases, bottles with liquids or sprays, must all be left in the boot of your car and will not be allowed into the mine.
If you have a picnic the picnic bag may be left at the ticket office and collected after your mine tour. Bags may be searched. For security and safety there are CCTV cameras that monitor all areas of the car park, grounds, museum, ticket office & sales area.
DEEP MINE ADVENTURE TOUR B *** from Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March - thereafter on each TUESDAY & THURSDAY at 2.45pm - [only if pre-paid - not available for turn up and go visitors] arrival by 2.15pm required - museum & grounds will close at end of tour - so if you want to visit the museum or to have refreshments, please arrive at least one hour earlier - last admission 1.30pm Refreshments counter closed at 2.00pm
*** DEEP MINE TOUR B - Fit adults only, children must be over the age of 10. Booking & pre-Payment by telephone in advance required.
***CLOSED Flora Day Tuesday 8th May 2018.
REFRESHMENTS - In the winter months the refreshment counter & tea room will have a limited service and may be closed on some winter days except for pre-booked arrangements.
Bookings should be made on the days we are open - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11 AM to 2.00 PM. Please do not leave messages or e-mail us.
PRIVATE CHARTER TOURS for groups of 10 or more at any reasonable day or time ....please phone to arrange
Concession rates for senior persons over 65 but not in conjunction with any other offer.
***Advanced telephone booking essential on 2:45 tour when being run. We do not run this tour on quieter days or during the the months of Nov, Dec, Jan, & first two weeks in February.
DAILY PERSONAL RESERVATIONS for Main Mine Tour A NEED TO BE MADE BY TELEPHONE - We DO NOT require prepayment - 01326 573 173 - please do not e-mail reservations as we dont always look at our e-mail every day.
GROUP & PRIVATE CHARTER BOOKINGS for 30 persons & above should be made well in advance by telephone and followed up with an e-mail & all pertinent details. Prepayment may be required.
Smoking is not allowed in our car park or outside our gates.
GARDENS, MUSEUM & SWITZERS BUTTERY & TEA ROOM*
REFRESHMENTS - Please note that our Switzers Buttery is a licensed coffee & refreshment counter but is not a cafe. There is a limited service in early and late season, cafetières of exceptional quality freshly brewed roasted Colombian coffee with hot frothy local sourced Jersey milk & teapots of high quality loose leaf tea with good Cornish organic local milk are always available. Food is sometimes limited to biscuits & toasted teacakes, or perhaps a Cornish Cream Tea with a fruited scone [Baker Tom] with Cornish butter, Cornish clotted cream & high quality jam. We usually have high quality locally baked [Baker Tom] carrot cake, flapjacks, Bakewell tart, brownies, or perhaps a filled locally baked roll [high quality ham, John West Red Salmon, Tuna, crispy mixed salad & mayonnaise, mature cheddar cheese, salad & chutney] or a freshly locally baked [Penny Williams] pie with salad.
Award winning Helford Creek organic drinks & apple juices are made on a farm just 7 miles from the mine, and other glass-bottled chilled drinks are available - we dont use plastic but re-cycle our glass, the drinks taste far better and are not tainted by the plastic. We try our best to reduce food miles but always aim for the best taste and quality. San Pellegrino mineral water comes from Italy but at present its our favourite.
The licensed refreshment counter closes for hot drinks & afternoon teas around 2pm at quieter times of the year - so if you wish to avail of the tea room or take tea in the lovely garden, please make sure you are here well in advance of your mine tour or call in advance.
Chilled & cold drinks (non-alcoholic), crisps, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, ices etc. are available until we close for the day.
FOOD TO GO Cornish food on the move!!! We can provide an economic hot-pasty-in-a-bag service for small groups or coach parties - these are baked less than 2 miles away and are very tasty - they arrive piping hot whilst you are underground, ready to eat in the gardens or to take away in a greaseproof bag together with a napkin for a nibble on the coach with a chilled juice or organic drink to go.
DINING & ENTERTAINMENT .... Our professional experienced team of local caterers can provide a range of high quality food services, from canapés with champagne or fizzy to hog roasts with beer or a garden BBQ, from a mug of soup & a crusty roll to a full banquet or perhaps a carvery - luxury packed lunches & salads - cocktail Cornish Pasties - all costs are reasonable - easy speedy arrangements can be made. Marquees can be provided, small gatherings on our bandstand which can be a stage for performance - or at a great venue premises very close to us. We can usually arrange live brass bands or a choir.
PRIVATE PARTIES or GROUPS Small or larger groups can arrange for delicious hot locally made pies or hot baked pasties, soups or sandwiches if booked in advance. Please telephone at least a few days in advance to make such arrangements. We aim to be friendly and helpful.
TEA ROOM & BANDSTAND or STAGE We have a cosy heated tea room that seats 12 and overlooks the gardens, the bandstand is by the waterside and can also be used to take tea and refreshments.
Our Walker & Hall vintage silver-plated teapots & hot water jugs came from the Heaves Hotel near Kendal in Cumbria. The Whitlock family ran the country house hotel which closed after 70 years in 2016. Many famous guests stayed there including Prime Minister Harold Wilson; Lord Whitelaw; Everton FC team; Ian Botham; Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen; Rick Wakeman; singer Ralph McTell played the hotels grand piano and signed Catherine Whitlocks copy of Streets of London, his 1974 hit.
The teapots & hot water jugs were acquired from the Whitlock family in 2017 and were made by Walker & Hall, they are made of copper (most likely from Cornwall) which is silver-plated.
The unusual Heaves Hotel cake stands or tazze have been fashioned from old shell cases into a tazza-styled stand. The shell cases carry dates from both world wars and are silver plated brass. They were supplied to the hotel in the 1940s when materials were difficult to obtain.
PICNICS IN THE GARDENS Picnickers are most welcome but we would explain that the bandstand, upper lawn and our small tea room are 100% reserved, for those visitors who purchase our own refreshments.
If you do bring your own picnic you are welcome to sit on the covered verandah [ideal in wet weather] where there are tables, seats and chairs, or on the lower lawn, or on the traditional wooden picnic tables on the lower lawn. We can provide hot drinks or cold ones too.
Private Picnickers are politely requested to be green and take your own litter home with you, especially any plastic items, and to leave our tables clean and tidy.
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