Things to do at Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust review
Located near Tavistock, in Devon, Morwellham Quay was a large, bustling town in the 19th Century that supported local mines who shipped copper and arsenic. When the mines closed, the town fell on hard times but the now small port has reopened and operates as a historical attraction calling itself a “Working Village, Mine and Craft Centre”.
It is actually a Now a World Heritage Site and aims to demonstrate to people how life there once was. The staff are all dressed in Victorian costumes and act in their roles in various areas around the town.
You can walk around and soak it all in or you can participate in a wide range of activities which are scheduled at specified times such as demonstrations on mining for copper, blacksmithing and pottery making as well as “lessons” at the schoolhouse. You can also learn about chocolate making, baking and the brewery. These activities are all supervised and led by the very knowledgeable Morwellham staff who make the sessions really interactive.
There are other activities that can be done in your own time including dressing up in Victorian costumes, rope making, panning for gold (always a hit!) and exploring a cargo ship called The Garlandstone. There is a museum, a “miner’s cottage” and a small chapel which are all also interesting to visit.
The highlight of Morwellham for most has to be a ride on a copper mine train (you have to buy an extra ticket for this). The journey is really well designed as it takes you along the River Tamar and into an old copper mine. The driver stops in various places to explain things or to show you a diorama of the workers all tying in to the story of the miners. If you still have energy left at the end of the day, there is a children’s play area on the way back towards the car park.
You can even book a stay as a camper or with your caravan or motorhome.
Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.
FAQ and Further Information Morwellham Quay
Is there food and drink available?
You can take your own food to Morwellham or there is a good selection offered at the town pub: The Ship.
What are the main things to do?
Morwellham is a very indoor/outdoor sort of place so come prepared if it is raining. Many of the activities such as the schoolhouse, pub, history of chocolate, dressing up, etc are inside but things like the mining and blacksmithing demonstrations and panning for gold are outside. This is a real town so you walk along the street from one place to the next. There are toilets and a pub.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-Range. Adults £11.95, Concessions £10.95 (concessions includes over 60, disabled and carers) and Children £9.95 (2 to 17 years (children under 2 years old free) Children must have one adult to accompany them. The Mine Experience costs extra (£4.80/£4.50/£3.95 respectively) and takes around 40 minutes.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
When are they open?
Morwellham is open for most of the year, they close on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are welcome on a lead in most outdoor areas.
Are they accessible?
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