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morwhellam Quay, Tavistock
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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.Take a look at our Tavistock tour planner to schedule your visit to morwhellam Quay and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We visited in the summer holidays with our three children (6, 8 and 11). They all thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't particularly busy when we went even though it was a nice day and it was the summer ho... read more »
Fantastic place to visit! Such fun and so much to see and do. We didn't arrive till the afternoon and wish we had turned up in the morning because we didn't have time to go to all the talks and demons... read more »
Now I must admit, I hadn't been to morwellgam quay since I was a kid so my memory of the place wasn't too good. We were staying in a camp site near by and just thought it was a close place to visit. W... read more »
Steeped in history. You can feel the oppression the poor miners would have felt every day, during their hard toil at work, when you take the train ride into the depths of the mine! That said it's in a beautiful location and overall a great day out.
Lovely place to visit. Plenty of things to see and do. The trip on the mine cart was really good. The blacksmith spent time talking about projects and demonstrating work.
Lovely place to go and see. Lots to see, watch and learn about the place.
We've been here on numerous occasions and really enjoy our time there. It really is a place that is what you make of it. If you are looking for white knuckle rides, you've certainly come to the wrong place. However, my eldest really enjoyed the fun, educational experience. The staff are great with children and involve them at every opportunity. Try to get on the mine train, although a relative walk, it is a unique experience. Top tip, the area really is more beautiful on a sunny day.
Visited just before, Easter and our guide around the village was Tom who through his enthusiasm made the day. He was friendly, knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. It was a most memorable day. Worth every penny.
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