Morwellham Quay isn’t so much a museum as an experience, and this historic river port is now a living attraction and museum. Once a Victorian hub of activity and family life, the quay is much as it was then, so visitors get to wander the streets, visit the shops and even enter the mines that its residents once lived, worked and breathed.
Take a train ride into the depths of the copper mine and see just why it was one of the county’s most important Victorian industrial sites. Find out how the local children were used in the industry and what it was like to live at Morwellham Quay, and enjoy a drink in the quay’s original watering hole – The Ship Inn.
This fascinating day out is a great way to get an insight into Victorian life in a Devon port, and there’s so much to see and do that you’ll feel like a fully fledged member of the community by the time you leave. Try your hand at rope making, watch the blacksmith at work in the forge and see the sights that became famous on BBC 2’s Edwardian Farm. 12 episodes followed Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands as they set up home in Morwellham Quay and tried to live off the land.
Morwellham Quay is open every day, and dogs are welcome on leads for a £1 entry fee. The Mine Experience lasts for 45 minutes and takes passengers into the underground mine on a train.