At the heart of Cornwall’s industrial heritage

Delve deeper into the dramatic history of Cornish mining and discover its impact across the world in Pool.

Explore Heartlands, the 19-acre cultural gateway to this important World Heritage Site. Explore a giant adventure playground, meet a community of artists and test hands-on exhibits revealing Cornwall’s unique past at the forefront of innovation, engineering and industry. Learn how William Bickford’s invention saved hundreds of miners’ lives and see the first house in the world to be lit by gas (in 1792).

Take a step back in time at East Pool Mine to gaze on some of the largest beam engines in the world and watch the restored winding engine in action.

Regeneration projects have seen new housing, retail parks and an innovation centre spring up in this area and you’ll also find Cornwall College’s Camborne campus here.

Easy to access from the A30 and in a great spot for north or south coasts, Pool and the surrounding countryside also provide a good base for your Cornish adventures.

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Crossing continents in a footstep in the Diaspora Gardens at Heartlands. Find stories of Cornish emigrants and their influence on the places they travelled to.

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The impressive calendar of events at Heartlands — from performances by Miracle Theatre and music concerts to farmers’ markets and craft fairs.