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“Great fun”

Levant Mine and Beam Engine
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Pendeen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1820 and closed in 1930, Levant is one of Cornwall's most famous coastal mines where a good part of the mining operations took place far beneath the seabed.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Perfect stop off between St Ives and Lands End. Family loved it, great 1hr tour, including a brief underground visit. Lovely staff who couldn't do enough.

Date of experience: April 2018
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"guided tour"
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"national trust"
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"cornish mining"
in 26 reviews
"tin mine"
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"mining history"
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"knowledgeable guide"
in 7 reviews
"excellent tour"
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"interesting place"
in 11 reviews
"interesting visit"
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"mine shaft"
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"the cliff"
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"car park"
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"nt members"
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"stunning location"
in 6 reviews
"coastal path"
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"nt property"
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Located in a really remote spot. The guide Nick was really great and he offered over an hours presentation (including a short walk down an adit) explaining the history and geology of the site. The engine house was another experience and an expert guide offered a fascinating talk on how these beast of machines functioned. A brilliant experience and we came away with nothing but admiration for the workers in those days. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. Would have given it 5 stars had perhaps the NT provided a few more facilities such as fresh coffee/sandwiches etc. However the remoteness in itself is part of the charm.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Well worth the long trip and we combined it with a visit to Land's End, Minack Theatre, Portcurno and the Lizard Point. The tour guide, Nick, was an expert on the geology and history of the mine and filled an hour with fascinating stories and explanations. The mine has an incredible natural backdrop and visitors can also venture down a short mine tunnel. There is also a working steam engine. It is remote, but that's what makes it even more amazing.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Benk40
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This is a terrific introduction to the rich, complicated and often incredible operation of a massively successful tin and copper mine. The site is dramatic, perched high on the cliffs looking down to the ocean.There are loads of ruins and semi ruins scattering
the area (alas, nobody cared about industrial archaeology back in the thirties and old mine buildings were literally blown up along with the beam engines inside them, to reclaim their bodies for scrap). So you can wander freely round the site and over the cliffs getting glorious views and a great sense of place. But there is also a guided tour to explain the geology, history and culture of the mining life , and it was a very generous, detailed and illuminating tour, with loads of detail and colour and the occasional dash of humour. At one stage you can stand over the head of a shaft that, back in the day went down 2000 feet. Originally the miners descended all that distance on a forest of ladders - and then clambered back up 2000 ft, at the end of the shift. Unbelievable. Anyway a terrific tour, very generous and informative. And a working beam engine! Brilliant.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

As a family we all enjoyed Nick’s informative + interesting tour today; truly excellent! Such friendly and knowledgeable NT volunteer guides make a big difference to any visit.
Shame the beam engine was out of action, but understandable given age + servicing requirements. As NT members we gained “free entry”, but we were impressed that NT offered discounted entry in view of the non-working engine.
The warm Steak Cornish Pasty (pre-ordered and paid for before fresh daily delivery arrived) was truly delicious! Given the history of this dish, it was an apt lunch offering in mining situ!
All excellent!

Date of experience: March 2018
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