King Edward Mine
King Edward Mine is the oldest complete mine site in Cornwall, and one of only two Cornish Tin mines left in the world.
It’s a vital part of our heritage and all the buildings are listed because of their national and international importance.Work in the mine stopped in 1890 but it was re-opened as a training centre for the Camborne School of Mines in 1897. Fully equipped with the latest machinery, it was producing tin right up until the First World War when operations were suspended.
After that, the surface was used for teaching, ore dressing and surveying until a volunteer group took over in 1987. Their aim was to conserve the site for the local community and they’ve restored the mine to its former glory using rescued machinery, much of it among the last of its kind in the world.
If you want to experience the atmosphere of mining at the turn of the last century, give King Edward Mine a visit. There’s a museum where you can learn about our local history, a self-guided tour, archaeology and ecology trails, a full demonstration of how the tin mill works and lots of other events throughout the year.
You’ll find the mine near Troon, about a mile and a half from town. Just head up the hill past the station and look for the signs.
For more information and opening times, please visit www.kingedwardmine.co.uk or call 01209 614 681.
“If you want a real insight into Cornish Mining then you must visit.”