Cornish Ancestry Tour – Minerals Mines and Migration



Ancestry, Migration


The Tour / Experience:

Bring family history alive by visiting Cornwall from where almost 25% of the population emigrated in the 19th century.

Many Cornish people crossed the River Tamar to England finding work in the mines of Cumbria, Lancashire, and Northumberland. Many left for Wales, Ireland, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South America and South Africa. As a result, some 6 million people world-wide can proudly claim Cornish ancestry.

This tour takes you to West Cornwall visiting UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage sites in the Camborne / Redruth and West Penwith areas. This panoramic tour passes through farmland, mining areas, villages and towns which local families left during the C19th ‘Great Migration’. Marvel at iconic views of coast and countryside such as St Michael’s Mount, as we wind our way around the Cornish lanes. Choose to stop for a Miner’s Lunch’ in a local pub or a Cornish Cream Tea.

Your professional Cornish Blue Badge Guide will bring alive stories of Cornish history, traditions, folklore, and religion that shaped the lives of local people and help you make the best use of you time in Cornwall.


The Highlights: 

  • A full day tour led by your Cornish Blue Badge Guide with private transport.
  • Panoramic Tour of UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites
  • Photo stops at St Michael’s Mount and Crowns Botallack Mine on the ‘Tin Coast’.
  • A guided stroll in Portreath heritage port OR Botallack Cornish Mining World Heritage Site
  • Opportunity to enjoy a ‘Miner’s Lunch’ of a pasty and a pint or a Cornish Cream Tea
  • Possibility of visiting locations relevant to your family history
  • Use of personal radio receiver connected to Tour Guide wireless audio transmission system for improved audibility and social distancing.
  • Accompanied by Blue Badge Guide with Covid safe measures in place.


Tour details: 

  • Full day tour – 8 hours


Tour options: 

  • A bespoke tour can be designed especially for you with supply of a little information about what you know of your family in advance. Visits to villages, churches, chapels or graveyards and maybe even properties where your ancestors lived or worked can be included. ‘Kresen Kernow’ in Redruth, offers an invaluable resource for researching Cornish ancestry.
  • Tour Guide only service available for use with own transport from £85 pp based on 4 people in 6-seater vehicle or £115 based on 3 people in 5-seater vehicle.
  • Combine 2 half day walks for a whole day experience in the Camborne, Redruth Cornish Mining World Heritage Site visiting the ‘The Great Flat Lode’ and ‘Portreath’s Heritage Port’. Public transport can be used between sites. £22 pp.  Additional cost for optional extras of  a ‘Miners Lunch’ or Cream Tea.
  • Half day walks at Botallack, Great Flat Lode or Portreath can be booked separately. From £15pp


Contact details: 


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About the guide

Name: Viv Robinson

Qualifications: South West

Languages: English