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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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  • Our visit on a bleak and raining afternoon was very enjoyable, and even with the weather conditions, the sea views and landscape were beautiful. Our very knowledgeable guide and geologist (Vince) took...  more »
  • We were on a Poldark inspired self guided tour. This mine was one of our stops. The views were exhilarating, but the best part was the tour. Our tour guide was very informative and clearly loves his t...  more »
  • Following the Poldark trail around Cornwall and this was one of the stops.... You need to arrive in time for a tour as there is a working wheel...Last tour today was 15.30... Alot of history here.. Ha...  more »
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  • Our tour guide Richard did a brilliant job of bringing the mine to life and was full of passion and information. We really enjoyed and definitely recommend the free tour as it really does make it a great experience. Beautiful location for a picnic afterwards and lots of great wildflowers and wildlife to see. We were lucky enough for Richard to point out a Cornish chough which are now quite a rare sight.
  • Fully restored, steam powered beam engine....looks and smells great! Stunning location on the cliff edge, which emphasises what an amazing feat of engineering these mines were. A real education.
  • If you're any way interested in mining or engineering then this place is for you. The ground is uneven and there are steps so not suitable for pushchairs etc.
  • Really Interesting and historic. It's amazing just to feel like you're stepping back in time and seeing slice of history.
  • The terrain, the size and position of the site, the shattered hulks of buildings give an apocalyptic feeling, and a glimpse of what industrialisation was like; and that it did not just happen in Manchester. Easy parking - I visited in late September, there are narrow roads, how enjoyable driving /parking there in summer would be...? Paying entry to the National Trust beam engine and exhibitions is really not necessary for a 'good time' here.