World Heritage Site
Selected mining landscapes
across Cornwall and west Devon have been designated as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Looe and Polperro are 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
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 and harbours.
Use the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site map below 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.
For more in depth information,
including news & events, visit the Cornish Mining World Heritage