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entrance to the poldark mine

Poldark Tin Mine and Gardens - an open air museum in a beautiful rural setting





GUIDED TOURS AT 11.30am and 1.00pm {takes around 65 minutes}



11.00am, 12.15pm & 1.30pm {takes about 65 minutes}

Please ensure you wear sensible walking shoes or trainers. The mine tour A is electrically lit throughout, the MAIN MINE EXPLORER TOUR A has 40 downward steps and 53 upward steps.[bags, cameras, ipads, laptops or phones are NOT allowed, photography is NOT permitted - see notes below about suitable footwear and other restrictions] both hands will be needed in the mine when negotiating our stairs.

To save delay you can pre-book and prepay for any tour a day or two before your visit - the booking office is open DAILY FROM 11 am - 2.30 pm



[only if pre-paid at least TWO hours in advance or preferrably a few days in advance]

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.

The grounds open from 10.30 to 2.30 - last admission 1.30pm - except on Deep Mine Tour days when 2.30 is the last admission time for those taking the Deep Mine Tour only.

ARRIVAL TIME Visitors for either tour need to arrive & be ready to go underground by at least 15 minutes before tour time preferably more - {see note below re museum & tea room closing times}

*** DEEP MINE UNDERGROUND ADVENTURE TOUR B - Restricted to fit adults only, children must be over the age of 10. Booking & pre-Payment by telephone at least 2 hours in advance required. The main lights in the mine are turned off for this tour, all visitors are issued with genuine miners battery powered head lamps which add to the atmosphere of the guided tour. The emergency lights will remain in use.

DEEP MINE BOOKINGS Bookings for Deep Mine Adventure Tour B can only be made by telephone or a personal visit with a credit/debit card at least 2 hours in advance. Numbers allowed are limited so booking a week or two in advance by telephone is recommended to avoid disappointment

Please note that WE WILL BE CLOSED on Good Friday 30th March 2018 and on Flora Day on Tuesday 8th May

FOOTWEAR, BACK PACKS & BAGS Mining conditions are presented during the underground tour. Please ensure for your safety that you wear stout sensible walking shoes or trainers. Flimsy shoes, flip flops, high heels, wedges, open toed sandals, open heeled sandals or house shoes will NOT be allowed. [Backpacks, bags, cameras, ipads, laptops or phones are NOT allowed, photography is NOT permitted] both hands will be needed in the mine when negotiating our stairs.

SENSIBLE ATTIRE - WATER & Mine Conditions .... This is a real subterranean tin mine. All mines in Cornwall had a water problem, you will see the ruins of many engine pumping houses all over the county, there were thousands at one time. All 3500 known Cornish mines are now completely flooded and were very wet, we are no exception. Wheal Roots at Poldark Mine is the only mine open to the public that pumps today. We raise at least twenty million gallons of water out of the mine each year, the mine is wet underfoot so trainers are best or a good walking shoe. Water drips in most of the mine, following wet weather water gushes out of the rock in places and you may get splashed - so a showerproof jacket is recommended. There is rust and ochre on the walls in places which might get on your clothing, do try to avoid brushing against the walls and ensure that you come prepared for a mine visit by wearing washable clothing and stout footwear.

CONTRABAND - Due to the risk of FIRE & for the SECURITY & SAFETY of all VISITORS... We very much regret that CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES, PCs & PADS or any similar or other electronic devices, bottles with liquids or sprays, sharps or knives, bags, backpacks, etc are NOT allowed into the mine or beyond the ticket desk in our museum - matches, lighters, smoking materials, e-cigarettes [vapes] are NOT allowed. To avid delays at the ticket desk, please ensure that leave all such CONTRABAND items & devices in your car boot or at home. Photography is NOT permitted. both hands will be needed in the mine when negotiating our stairs. Please do not take sweet papers or any other plastic or paper wrappers into the mine.

REGULATIONS MINE REGULATIONS, security measures and restrictions are to avoid nuisance, delay, fire, acts of terrorism. These are in place to ensure your personal safety & security and that of others. Apart from the mine regulations and modern day terrorism risks, both hands will be needed in the mine when negotiating our stairs.

PICNICS - Visitors are most welcome to use our picnic tables on the lower lawn, all we ask in return is that you take home all of your personal food wrapping, papers and waste. If you have a picnic the picnic bag may be left at the ticket office and collected after your mine tour. If you are visiting for the deep mine tour, you will need to take your picnic well before the tour starts and return your bag to reception before going underground, you can then retrieve it on your way out. Picnics may not be taken on the tea lawn or bandstand which are reserved for visitors using our refreshment facilities. Bags may be searched. For security and the safety of all, there are CCTV cameras that monitor all areas of the car park, grounds, museum, ticket office & sales area.

SMOKING Smoking of any description (including VAPES) is NOT allowed in anywhere in the garden or on the grounds and is PROHIBITED in our car park or outside our gates. WE ARE A 100% SMOKE-FREE ZONE.

NO DOGS - Sorry! - We are a wildlife sanctuary and therefore DOGS are not allowed anywhere in our grounds or in our car park. Please leave your doggies at home. If you are an animal lover and visit with a dog in your car, please ensure that you do not allow the dog out of the car. Dogs are not permitted anywhere on our riverside land outside our gates. For the sake of your dog, please abide by the recommendations of the RSPCA .

CONCESSIONS We have concession rates for local residents with TR postcodes who will need to produce a driving licence or some other acceptable ID with a photo and address with a TR postcode for each adult, not available on the 11 am tour or when there is a special event. Military & NHS discount is also offered, ID will be required. Concession rates are available for senior persons over 65.

No concession discount is available in conjunction with any other offer.

DAILY PERSONAL RESERVATIONS for Main Mine Explorer Tour A NEED TO BE MADE BY TELEPHONE no more than 48 hours in advance. - We DO NOT require prepayment unless you wish to - 01326 573 173 - please do not e-mail reservations as we dont look at our e-mail every day.

GROUP & PRIVATE CHARTER BOOKINGS Charters for groups are welcome at any reasonable time and booking enquiries should be made well in advance by telephone and followed up with an e-mail & all pertinent details. Prepayment will probably be required.

REFRESHMENTS - Switzers Buttery is a licensed coffee & refreshment counter courtesy service to our visitors but is not a full 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 - all as available.

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 for quality and taste.

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.

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 [if booked in advance] - 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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Address: Poldark Mine, Trenear, Wendron, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0ES UK      Call: 01326 573 173

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