Cornish Mining Heritage

Poldark has rekindled interest in Cornwall’s mining heritage in a way that only a popular TV series can. The various locations used in the filming of Poldark have soared in popularity. There’s a renewed interest in visiting the county’s tin mines and sites of industrial heritage. Many have been inspired to research their family history to establish links with Cornish tin miners.

A fantastic day out visiting some of the attractions within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is a great way of discovering ‘hidden Cornwall’. In 2006 selected mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placing Cornish mining heritage on a par with international treasures like Machu Pichu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China – a status which recognises Cornwall’s mining sites as having cultural importance on a global level.

At Polraen, we have become World Heritage ‘Champions’ by attending a special training day which we found fascinating! Use this fantastic interactive tool to access information and resources that will help you ‘Discover the Extraordinary’ as you plan your holiday.

The largest World Heritage Site in the UK, spread across 20,000 hectares, there are 10 separate areas featuring 18 visitor attractions, largely free and perfect to visit even in wet weather. From tin mines to museums, from clay pits to historic houses and gardens funded by the wealth generated from Cornish mining, you can plan a great day out visiting some of the iconic landmarks on the Cornish landscape – each mining community and tin mine with its own story to tell.

Cornwall’s mining story is set against rugged moorland and dramatic coastlines, lush river valleys carved through idyllic countryside, bustling towns and quaint harbours but ……Did you know…….

  • Mexico and South Africa can thank the Cornish miners for giving them football and rugby and without them, we wouldn’t have the Mexican wave.
  • A town in Mexico has opened the world’s first Cornish pasty museum and attracts 20000 visitors for its Cornish Pasty Festival as the area has links to Cornwall dating back to the 1820s, when Cornish miners settled there to revive the failing Mexican silver mining industry.
  • In Pachuca Mexico, the majority of their first football team had Cornish surnames.
  • There are 175 places around the world where mine workers and Cornish mining technology spread from Cornwall

View Video: An Introduction to the Cornwall and West Devon Mining landscape

Audio trails and an App are now available to download from the Discover the Extraordinary website.

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