The capital of Cornish Mining
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Download our ‘On the Great Flat Lode: the Basset Mines at South Wheal Frances’ audio trail. This family trail near Redruth takes you back to 1900. The mine’s purser (accountant) is a colourful character who knows the mine well and has high hopes for its new future. Listen in as he escorts a potential investor and his family around the site.
Find a good picnic spot and then head to East Pool Mine and see the interiors of two complete engine houses with engines in situ.
For more information on the history of mining in Redruth, visit the Cornish Studies Library, Cornwall Council’s largest library of books and printed resources on Cornwall. The collection of over 30,000 volumes covers Cornish history, geography and industries.
Travelling to Camborne & Redruth
Both Camborne and Redruth have train stations on the main London to Penzance line, and are situated just off the A30.
Portreath is close to both (roughly four miles to the north), and is on the coast. There are regular buses to Redruth and Camborne from most major Cornish areas (buses 14 and 18 from Truro), and buses to Portreath also run from Truro, Camborne and Redruth (route T7). See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
Dogs are allowed around most of the mining sites, including the Great Flat Lode. Portreath Beach has a dog ban between Easter and 1st October
There are numerous car parks in Redruth, Carn Brea and Camborne, and along the Great Flat Lode at Marriott’s and West Basset. Portreath also has a good sized car park above the beach
Both Redruth and Camborne’s town centres have excellent toilet facilities. Portreath beach also has public toilets (including disabled facilities)
Eating & drinking
Redruth and Camborne have lots of bakeries, pubs and restaurants, and there are a couple of cafés by Portreath beach. For something a little different, try Carn Brea Castle Restaurant http://www.eatoutcornwall.com/restaurants/redruth/carn-brea-castle.html
Many of the mine areas around Redruth and Camborne are potential picnic spots, and Portreath has a lovely beach which is perfect on calm days.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/