King Edward Mine produced tin up until World War One and was used by Camborne School of Mines for teaching mining, ore dressing and surveying. Nowadays the museum and mill provide exhibits of the rare equipment in use as it would have been in the early 1900s. Much of the machinery in the mill (where the tin ore is processed) is amongst the last of its kind in the world.
There is also an exhibition dedicated to the story of the Holman Brothers of Camborne who developed and manufactured mining equipment such as the Holman Rock Drill, used all over the world.
If you are interested in following one of the many mineral tramways that have been opened to the public, King Edward mine with its free parking, toilets, information board and Mineral Tramways Exhibition provides a perfect starting point. The current network covers 31km and is mainly traffic free. For instance you can take the Great Flat Lode Trail for a circular route around Carn Brea or join the Portreath Branchline Trail that will take you through Tuckingmill Valley Park, past Tehidy Woods and on to the north coast. Have a look at the map on this website for the locations of these fascinating trails.