Explore the Mine
There's lots to see and do at Geevor.
Once you are here, what should you definitely not miss? We recommend a full day for your visit but you might not have that long so here are some of the must-sees at Geevor!
You want to: experience mining first hand
The Geevor guides will take you around the workings, sharing their mining experiences with you. Get coated up and keep your hard hats on as you go from the 20th century mine down into the early days of mining.
Key areas: Underground
You want to: discover cogs and wheels and big things
The processing mill, compressor and winder house offer an incredibly visual and atmospheric illustration of physical and material processes, both past and present. Take a look in the drill shop to see how drill bits were re-sharpened and stand under the iconic Victory Headgear. There is mining machinery everywhere you look.
Key areas: Compressor House, Winder House, Mill, Drill Shop, Victory Shaft
See the Whole Site
You want to: discover the whole Geevor story
Don your hard hat and sturdy boots, Geevor is over 2 acres, so there's a lot to see. Start in the colourful and interactive Hard Rock Museum, which will introduce you to the rest of the site. Then explore over twenty mine buildings which all add a little bit more to the Geevor story. Go underground, and wander along the cliff path and see what mining did to the wildlife on the edge.
Key areas: ALL!
The Miner's story
You want to: find out what life was like as a miner
Discover what a miner's daily work life was like, starting in the Dry where miners changed into their underground clothes. Walk down to the shaftbank and discover how good the first aid and rescue teams were. We don’t want any accidents underground! And finally travel through the 18th Century underground to see what the conditions were like for the early miners.
Key areas: Mines Rescue, First Aid Room, Victory Shaftbank, Dry, Underground
You want to: see the collections
Explore Geevor’s diverse collections which are spread all over the site. The collections cover all aspects of Cornish tin mining and life in the local communities, From large industrial buildings and machinery to rocks and minerals and social history objects.
Key areas: Hard Rock Museum and Gallery, Holmans Collection
You want to: explore the ground beneath our feet
Discover spectacular and unusual minerals in the Peninsula of Minerals gallery. Followed by the incredibly atmospheric processing Mill where you can see, hear and smell the processes used to obtain tin.
Key areas: Peninsula of Minerals gallery in Hard Rock Museum, Mill
You want to: get hands on
The Hard Rock Museum is full of puzzles and challenges for you to try. In the processing gallery you can turn handles to see how the jaw crushers crushed and guess the smell from some of the smelliest parts of the mine. Try your hand a mineral panning on the Tin Floors, see what minerals you can find and then head underground to see, hear, smell and feel what mining was really like.
Key areas: Processing gallery in Hard Rock Museum, Tin Floors, Underground
Find out more
You want to: know everything about Geevor
There is so much of Geevor’s past that we just don’t have room to display on site. Our website is a good place to start to discover all the information that Geevor has on Cornish Mining, and the local mining communities. Find out all about Bal Maidens, mossel time, explosives and mining under the sea! And that’s just the beginning!
Key areas: Explore online
Blow Away the Cobwebs
You want to: get a breath of fresh air
Its hard to escape the sense of being exposed to the elements at Geevor. Facing the Atlantic, a landscape clings to the cliff edge battered by the wind and sea. Wander along the cliff path and follow the Wildlife on the Edge trail and experience a range of wildlife unique to this mining a coastal landscape. Pick up a leaflet from the Geevor Shop.
Key areas: Cliff path, Wildlife on the Edge trail
What is your favourite thing to do at Geevor? What makes it Your Mine?