Morwellham

Morwellham

  • Internationally acclaimed World Heritage Site
  • Preserved Victorian port with worker’s cottages
  • Wetlands nature reserve
  • Licensed riverside inn, café and shop

An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the newly inscribed World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar. Amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland.

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.

Costumed staff welcome visitors to the restored port and help to transport you back to the bustling 1860s when heaps of gleaming copper ore filled the quays and a forest of ships´ masts lined the river.

For many a highlight of the visit is the journeys underground into the copper mine. Here son et lumiere displays illustrate the harsh working conditions of Victorian miners and our train drivers offer an expert commentary on the technical aspects of hard rock mining.

By way of contrast the Victorian farm and nature reserve offer you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life as you wander through the tranquil countryside with only the wildlife for company. And when you’re hungry, or thirsty, the Ship Inn caters for every taste under the guidance of local celebrity chef Peter Gorton. Look out for our new Victorian Tea Room opening soon.

Open all year round apart from Christmas Day.

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