East Pool Mine (National Trust)

East Pool Mine (National Trust)

At the very heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sit these two great beam engines, originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers introduced by local hero Richard Trevithick. Preserved in their towering engine houses, they are a reminder of Cornwall's days as a world-famous centre of industry, engineering and innovation.

Our pumping engine is one of the largest surviving Cornish beam engines in the world, and our restored winding engine can be seen in action daily. So come and enjoy our film, displays, models and knowledgeable guides, and discover the whole dramatic story of Cornish mining. Image (c) Billy Amey

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  • Pumping engine

    Made at Harvey's Foundry in Hayle in 1892, this beam engine is the third largest surviving in the world. It was installed at East Pool in 1921 but was initially used at Carn Brae Mine, working for only a few years there before standing unused for at least 20 years.

  • Winding engine

    Made in 1887 by Holman's of Camborne, this was the last beam engine built in their iconic foundry. It worked until an underground rock fall in 1921 halted production and was saved from the war time scrap metal demand by Arthur Holman. In 1967 the National Trust began restoration.

  • EPAL chimney

    Standing 100ft (30m) high, this chimney served two sets of boilers, with a rare double flue system. EPAL (click to see full image) stands for East Pool and Agar Ltd which was the trading name for the sale of arsenice, which was very profitable for East Pool Mine.

Admission & prices

Open from 16 Feb - 2 Nov 2013.

Open 1030 am - 5 pm every day except Sundays and Mondays. Open Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays February to November.

Last entrance 4pm.

National Trust members free.

Adults: £7.20. Children: £3.60. Family: £17.85. Family (1 adult): £10.70

These prices include Gift Aid Admission.

Find us

BY CAR: Leave A30 at Camborne East or Redruth. Site signposted on A3047.
BY TRAIN: bus from Camborne or Redruth stations.
BY BUS: frequent buses from Penzance, St Ives, Truro, Camborne and Redruth train stations
BY BIKE: NCN3 0.5mile


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Michell's Engine House is accessible for visitors with disabilites to the ground floor only.
Taylor's Engine House is accessed by a set of external stairs.

East Pool Mine
Trevithick Road
TR15 3NP

T: 01209 210900
E: Jo.Warburton@nationaltrust.org.uk

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East Pool Mine (National Trust)

East Pool Mine
Trevithick Road

Redruth, CORNWALL TR15 3NP