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Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Pendeen
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Levant Mine and Beam Engine is a National Trust property at Trewellard, Pendeen, near St Just, Cornwall, England, UK. Its main attraction is that it has the world's only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on its original site. There is also a visitor centre, a short underground tour, and a cliff-top footpath that leads to Botallack Mine.The property is on the site of the former Levant Mine, established in 1820 and closed in 1930, where tin and copper ores were raised. The mine reached a depth of about 600 metres. It got the nickname "mine under the sea", because tunnels were driven up to 2.5 km from the cliffs under the sea.
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  • The mine is in a spectacular setting on top of cliffs on the North Cornwall coast. As members of the National Trust entry was free and we arrived just in time for one of the regular guided tours. Our ...  more »
  • Great bunch of people. Credit to the National Trust. Great toilets. Good video and lots of expertise. Go there. On top of that we saw a Barn Owl and a pair of Choughs ! 
  • The actual mine was closed as it was out of season when we went but the grounds are still open to look around which make it still very worthy of a visit. The waves crashing up the cliffs are very dram...  more »
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  • we visited late in the day on a wet and windy day lat week. The staff couldn't have been more helpful - the lady in the office shoo'ed us along to joint the last party of visitors who had already gone in, the tour guide happily started his guide again for us when nobody objected. The beam engine and pump demonstration and talk was fascinating and the engineer really knew his stuff, our guide then took us up to the top room to stay out of the weather where he gave his talk, the history of the mine is well researched and the tragedy of the 'man-engine' very moving. The poem at the end of his tale was amazing - he really brought it all to life. Highly recommended.
  • Good place to visit. The mine has interesting exhibits and the beam engine is very impressive - kids can even have a go at stopping and starting it! Great views over the cliffs to the rocks below.
  • Had a great afternoon here, really enjoyed the informative and entertaining tour guides talk, we really got a feel for the life and times of the miners. the beam engine is impressive to see in motion.
  • We had a fab day out with 4 kids. Great tour guide that could engage all ages. Humbling to see the hard lives they had to endure.
  • A lovely mine with plenty to of history and amazing views on a nice day. Absolutely stunning to watch the sun set here