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Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Pendeen

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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 Levant mine has long held a fascination, being in its day rich, superlative in several respects (not least the depth of the shafts and the distance under the Atlantic ultimately saw the end of the...  read more »
  • A very interesting tour and guide. All you ever wanted to know about tin mines. Our guide was very clever and knowledgeable. Answered all questions with ease and authority. It is tidy and well kept - ...  read more »
  • We took the free tour and it was extremely informative and interesting although a little longer (approx. 2 hours!) than we would have wished. Watching the engine in operation was great. 
  • Much better than expected when first arrived. Access is down an unpaved road and when you first start down it, you do wonder if you are on the right road! There is a good sized car park and then it is a short walk to the entrance itself. Guided tour was great and full of useful info. There is probably only enough there for a morning or afternoon visit, and though there is a large portion indoors, it is an exposed site and the tour does require you to go outside so may not be ideal on a really rainy and windy day.
  • Really enjoyed our trip to the Levant mine. Staff very enthusiastic,informative, and friendly. A great deal of social history gained.
  • Very informative self guided tour but experts placed for additional information , not great for anyone with mobility issues , cafe great value for money
  • Very interesting example of a Cornish mine working, typical of the area. Well worth exploring and taking a walk along the coast path.
  • Very atmospheric in the mist. Brilliant and enthusiastic explanation of the beam engine. Well worth a visit.
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