Worth a visit: November 2019

By Lucy Oliver

Pendeen in Penzance on Cornwall’s west coast is a place rich in mining history.

Located between Land’s End and St Ives, Geevor Tin Mine is a hidden gem for those with an interest in the peninsula’s heritage, and is open between 10am and 4pm from November to March.

This 18th-century mine, formerly known as North Levant Mine, contains a collection of industrial and engineering artefacts including plans and maps, rocks, minerals and mining tools in its Hard Rock Museum. Explore the change room, known as The Dry, which has been left exactly as it was in 1990 when the last miners returned to the surface. Venture underground at the Wheal Mexico Mine for a 30-40 minute tour through the tunnels dug by 18th -century miners; then return to the surface to take in the invigorating Atlantic air.

Afterwards, the 25-minute drive to Land’s End will not disappoint. Although the family attractions on site, including the End to End Story exhibition and ‘Aardman Presents’ film, are closed from the end of October, the coastal walks and scenery remain beautiful at any time of year.

Look out, also, for a glimpse of the Isles of Scilly, 28 miles away across the water.