landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon have been
designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historic buildings, mine tours,
wild landscapes, walks and cycle trails there's
something for everyone.
is just a few minutes drive away from the engine
houses and mine workings of Caradon Hill. Extensive
Cornish Mining sites exist around the Minions and
Caradon Hill areas, where copper mining was at its
height during the 1840s to the 1890s. At Minions,
you can visit the Minions Heritage Centre, that now
occupies the Engine House of Houseman's Shaft, which
was a part of the old South Phoenix Mine.
Use the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site map on
to explore the stories of Cornish mining in the
area, and to plan your visits to one or more of the
World Heritage Site areas.
Ten separate Areas
make up the World Heritage Site, each has its own
character and opportunities for adventure. The
largest World Heritage Site in the UK, with over
20,000 hectares spread across Cornwall and west
Devon, it offers myriad experiences to explore our
world-changing mining culture.
The mining story is set against one of the most
spectacular backdrops imaginable – a strikingly
beautiful coastline, rugged moors, idyllic
countryside, lush river valleys, and bustling towns