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.
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  • August 6, 2017
    We arrived as they opened and left when they closed. We are grandparents with a five year old grand daughter, she made friends virtually straight away and thus we got friendly with the other parents. ...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    The sun was out, we were drawn to the historical story of Morwhellam Quay, the mining and famous Port. A trip back in time to family life with parents linked to the Devon mining Industry. The arsenic ...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    We stay at the Horn of Plenty very often and visit Morwhellam Quay each time. There is so much to see, we never tire of it.  more »
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  • Lovely setting, interesting museum and the train into the cave was quite cute. I do feel £15 each for this was quite expensive as was very quiet (big time gaps for chocolate history or rope making etc that not worth hanging around for). I personally feel £10 inclusive of the train would be a better value for money whilst off peak. The highlight for me yesterday was the gorgeous lambs, goat and couple of horses, absolutely adorable.
  • absolutely fantastic day out... going to have to revisit as we did not get to do all of the activities on offer. x
  • Wonderful living historical site. Beautiful views and so much to do on a day out.
  • Fantastic historic site. Lots to see even in the Winter. Old boats, waterwheels and lots of historic houses. Living history demos all day and much more in the summer. make your own rope, pots, chocolate and more. Also was the site of the BBC series Edwardian Farm. Definitely worth paying a little extra for the trip on the mine train which takes about 45 mins and was very interesting. Special mention to Rick the guide who made the mine train so interesting.
  • Quite expensive for what you get lovely setting and train ride was good. Expected there to be more staff putting on more demonstrations through the day or at least structure them so that they follow the tour around the site.

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