Morwellham Quay

Devon and Cornwall United Copper Mine

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Location: Morwellham, Tavistock, PL19 8JL.
A 390 from Tavistock towards Liskeard, turn left after 3 km. The mine is connected by an 800 m long tramway to Morwellham Quay.
(50.506218, -4.192944)
Open: Open all year 10-16.
Online booking required.
Fee: Adults GBP 19.95, Children (3-17) GBP 18.95, Children (0-2) free, Seniors GBP 18.95, Disabled GBP 18.95.
Classification: MineCopper Mine, heritage center.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=60 min.
Bibliography: Anon (nd): Morwellham Quay, George and Charlotte Copper Mine, 6 A4 pages folded into 3 with photos, survey etc. Available from the Heritage Centre GBP 1.50
Address: The Morwellham and Tamar Valley Trust, Morwellham Quay, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8JL, Tel: +44-1822-832766, Fax: +44-1822-832267, 24h-Infoline: +44-1822-833808. E-mail: contact
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1869 copper mine last worked.
1969 heritage centre opened.



The port of Mowellham Quay is located on the River Tamar some 35 km inland from Plymouth breakwater. It was the ”richest Copper Port in Queen Victoria's Empire„. Vessels of up to 300 tons reached the port daily in the latter half of the last century, to take ore from the fabulous Devon Great Consuls Mine and others. Morwellham Quay is a heritage centre and was opened in 1969, as the first such centre in Britain. The tramway takes the visitor 460 meters into the George and Charlotte section of the Devon and Cornwall United Copper Mines. This compliments the docks, ships, canals, rail system, and social history displays throughout the extensive site.

Most visitors to Morwellham enjoy at least four to six hours on the site which offers a variety of shops illustrating various trades, museum, a restaurant and a tea room (check opening hours in winter months).

Text by Tony Oldham (2001). With kind permission.

Guided tour with ex-miner

Visitors board a little train at a station some distance from the mine and the train wends its way along the edge of the river to the first entrance at New Quay, so named as a quay and village were constructed here, later than the original quay to transport ore etc. Nothing remains of the village today and all that can be seen of the quay is a slipway into the river. The train takes the visitor 460 meters on a through trip into the George and Charlotte section of the Devon and Cornwall United Copper Mines. As the trip progresses the train stops so that the guide can give details of the mine, how it was worked etc. and this is illustrated by life sized models which are lit up appropriately. The highlight of the trip is the reconstructed working water wheel. The trip lasts about an hour.

Text by Anne and Christina Oldham (2006). With kind permission.