Gwennap Pit - Busveal, Redruth TR16 5HH

Ariel photograph of Gwennap Pit
This geographical and historical anomaly - which was formed by the falling of old mine workings - is less than a mile from Redruth Town Centre and marks the spot John Wesley termed “the most magnificent spectacle this side of heaven”. A tiered amphitheatre-like structure, Gwennap Pit now stands as a memorial to the Methodist movement across the UK in the 18th century, and is also in full use as a place of worship. The site is included in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and is regarded as a place of spiritual, historical, and global significance. Gwennap can hold a crowd as large as 1,500 around its 12 ‘rings’.

What you can see and do

Start off in the Visitors Centre, and get yourself some drinks and snacks. Staff will give a warm welcome, and children can pick up an activity set to help them explore and understand their surrounginds while they’re there. Next door the indoor chapel, built in 1836, is worth a look. Don’t miss the chance to walk around the Pit, and time yourself to see how long it takes you to walk around all 12 tiers from the top to the bottom and back up again (it equals one mile!). Children can look forward to receiving a certificate if they do the full course.


At Busveal to the east of Redruth between the town and St Day and Carharrack villages. Gwennap Pit is also directly on the Cornish Way – national cycle route 3 – accessed through beautiful countryside from Redruth.

Opening and admission

The Pit is accessible at all times. The Visitor Centre is open from the Spring bank holiday to the end of September; Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Nearest car or cycle park

On site.

Distance from Bus or Train

Less than 1 mile from Redruth town centre

Contact Numbers

01209 822770