What is the Tin Coast?

The Tin Coast is a stretch of West Penwith coastline between Pendeen and St. Just. Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, mining here changed the world.

In the far west of Cornwall, the Tin Coast is a place defined by the Cornish mining industry, and the human endeavour to haul tin and copper from the earth for over 2000 years.

The area has been forever changed by its industrial past, and ruined engine houses and chimneys now frame the landscape, creating a special atmosphere for people and nature to enjoy its freedom and spirit.

There were once thousands of mine shafts and hundreds of steaming engine houses here, with mines even stretching out for up to a mile under the sea. Now nature plays a leading role with peregrine falcons and Cornish choughs both nesting in the cliffs and many other species finding a habitat here.

Where is the Tin Coast?

The Tin Coast stretches for approximately seven miles from Pendeen lighthouse in the north, to Cape Cornwall and the valleys just to the south. The area has achieved World Heritage Site Status due to its rich mining history.

The three National Trust hubs on the Tin Coast are Botallack, Cape Cornwall and Levant Mine and Beam Engine. These sites contain the best concentration of combined tin and arsenic processing sites in the world, as well as the only working beam engine still in its original site. These places make great bases to explore the Tin Coast from.

The partnership

The Tin Coast Partnership is made up of local businesses, charities and community groups who all work together with an aim to develop more sustainable and responsible tourism that will benefit those who live here, those who visit and the local economy. The National Trust is proud to be part of this partnership, which also incudes Geevor Tin Mine, St. Just Town Council, Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council, amongst others. 
Over the last two years, the Partnership has developed a Visitor Charter which can be used to help guide visitors to have a positive experience whilst having a positive impact. The charter is available on the Tin Coast website

Where to visit on the Tin Coast