Cornish Heritage


Industrial Heritage In Action

Much of Cornwall’s distinctive landscape has been shaped by mining.  Tin, copper and china clay were extracted, over many centuries, by numerous mines and in vast quantities. Many thousands were employed in the industry and a few made fortunes. The historical and cultural significance of this landscape has been recognised by the awarding of World Heritage Site status to a collection of ten metal mining sites in Cornwall and a small part of Devon.

The ten World Heritage Site areas* are :

St Just

Port of Hayle

Tregonning, Gwinear with Trewevas


Camborne and Redruth

Gwennap/Devoran/Kennall Vale

St Agnes

Luxulyan Valley and Charlestown


Tamar Valley and Tavistock

* Full details of the designated areas may be obtained from Cornwall County Council or Tourist Offices located in Cornwall.  The following Web links are to INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS and DISCOVERY CENTRES located in or near designated World Heritage Sites.

Poldark Mine, Wendron, nr Helston

King Edward Mine, Troon nr Camborne

Geevor Mine, Pendeen, nr Lands end.

Morwellham Quay, Tamar Valley

Kit Hill

Cornish Mines & Engines, Camborne

China Clay Country Park

Trevarno Estate

Levant Mine & Beam Engine.

Mineral Tramways


Tavistock Museum

Liskeard & District Museum & Information Centre

Royal Cornwall Museum

Gwennap Pit

Tel. 01209 216638

Cornish Studies Library