Cornish Ancestry and Cornish Mining Highlights tour with blue badge guide viv robinson


  • A full day tour led by your Cornish Blue Badge Guide with your choice of transport
  • Panoramic Tour of UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites
  • Stop at Marazion to view St Michael’s Mount, an island with a fascinating history
  • Optional visit – Cross the Causeway to St Michael’s Mount to visit the castle, home to Lord St Levan
  • Guided stroll at Botallack or Portreath Heritage port in the 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

Half day walks at Botallack, Great Flat Lode and Portreath can be booked separately.

Discover how Cornish customs, heritage and landscape linked ways of life in communities throughout Cornwall. Be immersed in heritage as you travel through World Heritage Mining landscapes with your Cornish guide whose ancestors were part of the ‘Great Migration’ of the C19th. Almost 25% of the Cornish population left Cornwall during this period spreading their culture across the world so that today some 6 million people world-wide proudly claim Cornish ancestry. Visit UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage sites, farming landscapes, villages and towns which local families left to find work in the mines of England, Wales, Ireland, the Americas, Australasia & South Africa.

Experience walking along the South West Coast Path with magnificent coastal scenery seen as a backdrop to filming of the Poldark TV series. Reflect on contrasting lifestyles of local workers and the gentry who lived in residences as seen at St Michael’s Mount. This panoramic tour takes you to West Cornwall visiting the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage site in Camborne / Redruth area and West Penwith. Engine houses, unique buildings, mining towns and villages, farm and coastal landscapes are encountered. We stop at St Michael’s Mount, seat of the St Aubyn family and experience a clifftop walk, in the Botallack mining landscape famed in the ‘Poldark’ series. Following the North coast, known for shipwrecks and smugglers, we soak up iconic views before visiting Portreath a World Heritage port, and have the option to indulge in a Cornish Cream Tea – Jam First, or Miner’s Lunch along the way.

Bring your family history alive on this flexible full day tour. Small groups using a car or minibus can opt for a specially designed bespoke tour by supplying 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.

“The group and driver had nothing but praise for you and all said how interesting and enjoyable your commentary was and that they would definitely book you again” Katy – Edwards Coaches May 2019 “Just a quick note to tell you again how much we enjoyed our Poldark day with you. Your knowledge of the area and the spots you picked for us to visit were beyond awesome. Even though you weren’t able to produce Poldark riding shirtless through the meadows, I’d have to say the day was a great success!!!” Tim, Virginia – USA – October 2019 Bespoke mini bus tour across Cornwall