Redruth & Camborne
Two bastions of West Cornwall’s industrial heritage.
6 miles 15 mins. by car.
The home of West Cornwall’s industrial heritage and home to some of the most important events in mining history.
These two towns along with Hayle, were the centre of Cornwall’s industrial revolution and responsible for worldwide developments in mining for decades. South Crofty mine between Redruth and Camborne finally closed in 1998 but in 2019 there is still hope it will reopen and one day become productive again. The whole area is a world heritage site and there are various visitor centres, including East Pool Mine showing beam engines and engine houses as they would have been. Huge steam engines rumble through the streets of Camborne on Trevithick Day and people come from all over England to honour their famous son, Richard Trevithick.
At the King Edward Mine at Camborne.The museum offers a chance to meet and talk with knowledgeable guides who will be able to interpret Cornish mining for you. Explore the many buildings with their magnificent working mining machinery. Over a long history, Cornish tin and copper ore from deep underground was brought above ground and processed to produce tin concentrate.
East Pool Mine was one of the most important mines in the area. On a visit, you can explore the inner workings of this monument to the industrial revolution and experience the lives of Cornish miners from days gone by. Also at Taylor’s Engine House which was once at the heart of East Pool Mine, you can see a pumping engine which is the third largest ever made and ran 24 hours a day. Friendly and knowledgeable guides can tell you more about the men who used to work here. There are also great activities for younger visitors too. Don’t miss the view from the top.
There’s a fun brass rubbing trail, with nine clues hidden around the mine. Ask at Reception for this free family activity when you arrive and see if you can complete the picture. Also there is a ‘Poisoned Powder Trail’ relating to the mine’s production of the poison arsenic.
Not an obvious choice for some but these places offer interesting, informative activities and fun for all the family and only 15 minutes from Hayle.