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Morwellham Quay

Age group: 8+

Location: EAST Cornwall


Contact: nr Gunnislake, PL19 8JL

TEL: 01822 832766


Morwellham Quay is an award-winning museum attraction which forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring an historic port, village, copper mine & railway. It is located about nine miles east of Callington and bordering the beautiful River Tamar in east Cornwall.


Discover this lost world with the help of the interactive living history team, a highlight of which is the narrow-gauge Mine Railway, where you travel by train along the banks of the River Tamar before venturing deep underground in the George & Charlotte copper mine. Here you can experience first-hand the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners.


You can even try on costumes to look like a Victorian lady gent or child, visit the pottery, animals and historic wooden sailing ketch Garlandstone.  Morwellham Quay helps you escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. Wander through this enchanting village and countryside beyond. Relax recharge and refresh in the Ship Inn; their shop stocked with a wide range of gifts including iron work and pottery made on site.


Morwellham is sited at the centre of the Tamar Valley Mining District which, together with nearby Tavistock, forms the easternmost gateway area to the rest of the peninsula. Morwellham's location, some 3km below the tidal limit of the River Tamar near Gunnislake and 32 km from Plymouth, was purely strategic. The port occupies the floodplain of a wide meander and is backed by sharply rising and thickly wooded valley sides which rise to over 180m. It was connected to Tavistock (6.5km away) via the Tavistock Canal, completed in 1817, and also to Devon Great Consols, once the richest copper mine in the world, by a standard gauge mineral railway (and inclined-plane railway) in 1859.


Click here for a map of the attractions at Morwellham Quay.

Callington 9 miles, Launceston 16 miles,  Saltash 18 miles