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Last updated: 26 June, 2023

The tin industry played a vital role in the development of Cornwall, from the early Bronze Age until the 20th century. At one time, Cornwall was one of the world’s leading producers of tin, and the industry shaped the region’s economy, culture, and landscape. The industry was based on the mining of tin and other minerals, such as copper and arsenic, and the processing of these minerals into metal.

The industry declined in the 20th century due to a combination of factors, including competition from other countries, falling prices, and the depletion of reserves. Its legacy, however, can still be noticeably seen in the region’s abandoned tine mines – some of which have been restored and preserved – that pepper the landscape.

King Edward Mine Museum

Cambornev, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

King Edward Mine Museum

A 100-year-old preserved tin mine showcasing the history of mining (and the Mineral Tramways generally); much of the original mining equipment remains. It includes the Mineral Tramways Discovery Centre, with displays and information about the old mineral tramways, the mines, the ports used by the industry and the people involved with the trade.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 8+

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The Mineral Tramways [cycling & walking]

Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Bucket List Experience
The mineral tramways coast to coast trail cycle path passing underneath the Carnon stone viaduct, built in 1933.

A scenic, wildlife-filled landscape, rich in Cornish heritage, offering a network of 60km superb walking and cycling trails. It’s also the place to learn all about Cornwall’s mining history.

Best for ages 4+

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Geevor Tin Mine Museum

Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial Photograph of Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, PZ, Cornwall, England

This 18th-century tin mine – preserved exactly as it was since the last miner left in 1990 – it’s a must for anyone wanting to learn about Cornwall’s former tin industry. There’s an on-site ‘Hard Rock’ museum, and the chance to explore underground passageways. Open Sunday-Thursday, great for families.

Adult price: £18

Best for ages 4+

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Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

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Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)

Aerial Image of cornish beach with Paddle boards lined up

A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.