Discover  Cornwall’s mining past

The museum and shop are open for the summer. Come and browse in our shop which is free to enter and see our range of specialist mining books and Cornish giftware.


During your visit to the museum you will have a chance to meet and talk with our knowledgeable guides who will be able to interpret Cornish mining for you.  Find out how minerals, particularly tin, became important to the prosperity of Cornwall. 


Explore the many buildings with their magnificent working mining machinery.   All our buildings are listed by English Heritage as Grade II* meaning that they are of exceptional national importance.


Over our long history, Cornish tin and copper ores from deep underground were brought above ground and  processed in our Mill to produce tin concentrate. Initially a working mine, in 1897 King Edward Mine became a centre of teaching for the world famous Camborne School of Mines.

Find out about tin mining in Cornwall

You will be able to immerse yourself in an unrivalled collection of mining history.  A visit to our mine above ground is an opportunity to photograph some beautiful and unique Cornish mining heritage.

King Edward Mine Mill-Round Frame Round Frame at King Edward Mine Mill

Visit the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage  landscape and walk the trail that runs through our site.  We have two iconic Cornish engine houses, South Condurrow stamps engine and winding engine. Whilst they are in ruins, we explain how they were part of our working mine.

King Edward Mine-Cornish Mining World Heritage UNESCO World Heritage
Our volunteers continue to work throughout the whole year, and you are welcome to join us.  There are indoor and outdoor jobs to be done in our 22 acre site.

Our local community at King Edward Mine supports us in our stewardship of their unique place in the World Heritage Mining landscape.

Engineering and Mining  in Cornwall

Cornwall is not just famous for mining, it was also the centre for engineering innovation and manufacture.  At King Edward Mine, we have a collection of machinery from Holman Bros, including the original working Holman Winder, that was used to raise the ore from the shaft.

An ideal place in wet weather

Our  tours are entirely undercover and an ideal place in wet weather in Cornwall.  We are recommended by the good dog guide as we welcome four-legged friends.

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We are open this October 2019.


We have Half-term events for families and an October end of season Shop Sale -see News

See a video of our Californian Stamps and unique Cornish Rag Frames in action. 

Visit the Croust Hut Cafe

 Croust Hut Cafe is open all year.

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