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Top Choice Ruins in St Just-in-Penwith

Botallack

Clinging to the cliffs near Levant, this dramatic complex of mine-workings is one of the most atmospheric sights from Cornwall's industrial past. The main mine stack, properly known as the Crowns, teeters picturesqu…
Top Choice Mine in St Just-in-Penwith

Geevor Tin Mine

Just north of St Just near Pendeen, this historic mine closed in 1990 and now provides a powerful insight into the dark, dingy and dangerous conditions in which Cornwall's miners worked. Above ground, you can view t…
Historic Site in St Just-in-Penwith

Levant Mine & Beam Engine

At this clifftop site, one of the world's only working beam engines is still in thunderous action. Built in 1840, these great engines were the powerhouses behind the Cornish mining boom, powering mineral trains, run…
Beach in St Just-in-Penwith

Portheras Cove

Half a mile north of Pendeen lies Portheras Cove, a lovely slash of sheltered sand that can only be reached via a 20-minute walk along the cliff path. The high cliffs around the beach take the brunt of the Atlantic …
Landmark in St Just-in-Penwith

Cape Cornwall

Jutting out from the cliffs near St Just is Cornwall's only cape, a craggy outcrop of land topped by an abandoned mine stack. Below the cape is the rocky beach of Priest's Cove, while nearby are the ruins of St Hele…
Street Carnival in St Just-in-Penwith

Lafrowda Day

St Just's annual jamboree takes over the entire town with trinket stalls, face painting, street buskers and food trucks. It's a lively community affair where everyone knows everyone, and lots of fun – but parking is…