morwhellam Quay, Tavistock

#3 of 9 in Fun & Games in Dartmoor National Park
Morwellham Quay is an historic river port in Devon, England that developed to support the local mines. The port had its peak in the Victorian era and is now run as a tourist attraction and museum. It is the terminus of the Tavistock Canal, and has its own copper mine.The open-air museum includes the restored 19th-century village, the docks and quays, a restored ship, the George and Charlotte copper mine which is toured by a small train, a Victorian farm and a nature reserve with trails.In July 2006, UNESCO (the cultural arm of the United Nations) awarded World Heritage Site status to the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape area. Morwellham is strategically sited at the centre of the Tamar Valley Mining District which, together with nearby Tavistock, forms the easternmost gateway area to the rest of the World Heritage Site.The industrial Heritage museum is an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.
Put morwhellam Quay and other Tavistock attractions into our Tavistock trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
Create an itinerary including morwhellam Quay
Places to stay near morwhellam Quay
morwhellam Quay Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
86 reviews
  • Just a 10 minute drive from the Horn of Plenty, this place takes you back in time. You get to see how people lived when mining was thriving. The trip to the mine was very educational. Well worth a vis...  more »
  • Having visited Morwhellham quay thirty years ago and at the time I was impressed with facilities. I expected the same today. This venue is now tired and in need of TLC. With weeds and no flowers, pain...  more »
  • Spent several hours exploring the old craft displays and riding on a train through the copper mine with a very interesting comeentary from the driver.  more »
  • We (2 adults, a 13 year old and 2 dogs) went to morewellham quay on 29/7/17. The weather was utterly atrocious but still had a really good time. We had originally gone as there was a beer and music festival but thoroughly enjoyed all of the other activities and exhibits on offer. Especially the mine train (thank you Rick the driver for making it so entertaining!) and watching our son trying to crack open a rock to discover copper. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The costume dressing up room was also a lot of fun.
  • It was ok. We visited half term week and they really need more staff. So many activities planned but limited to just 20 people. Some of the activities like rope making could happen all day. Blacksmith does not look like it has bwen opened for months. Paths and wooden decks are slippy and or uneven so three of us slipped or actually fell over. Toilet block was new and very clean. Dressing up was closed because school was open but full. I would not visit again tbh although factually interesting topic of ore mining.
  • Staff were brilliant and helpful. Set in a beautiful area. The information given was very good and the talks were interesting. It just looked a bit tired, needs a bit of updating. Don't be put off, go and enjoy a fabulous day.
  • We had a nice day out but the highlight was the dressing up. Not sure it's worth the entry fee tbh. The staff clearly know their onions and it's nice to see and how people lived 150 years ago but there are better places to visit nearby.
  • Knowledgeable staff with lots of different activities to partcipate in (we did bun making, chocolate lolly making, rope making, rock breaking, watched the blacksmith, went in the mine on a train and had an experiace in a school room). Lovely live museum experience. Took a 10, 12 and 15 year old they all enjoyed different bits.

Plan your trip to Tavistock

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.