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Town Trails

There are three trails in which you can discover the stories locked up in the impressive architecture throughout the town. Firstly, the Town Trail delves into the important buildings in the town centre that placed Redruth at the Heart of the Cornish Mining industry, and now at the centre of the World Heritage Site. The Plain-an-Gwarry Trail takes you on a tour to the north of the town centre, off the beaten track and into real Cornish life. Thirdly, the Churchtown trail explores the west of the town, and the oldest part of the parish, taking in the beautiful St Euny Church. You can also take trails around the Mining Villages surrounding Redruth; including Carharrack, Lanner, St Day, Illogan and Carn Brea. For more, visit Redruth Visitor Centre.

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Town Trail must-sees

Tatie Court & The King’s Arms 
Tatie Court now plays host to the Tinner’s Hounds, but years ago it got its name by being the place where potatoes were sold. Through the pillars you would have found the pre-Victorian King’s Arms.
Mining Exchange 
No swearing here please! Mine captains were fined in this building for uttering any profanities with the proceeds going to the Miners’ Hospital, although the main business in the Exchange was bidding for copper and tin.
The Town Clock 
Before 1841 you could have been locked up in the Police cells here and in 1904 the tower was raised by a whole storey. It is said that this was done so that miners living at the top of town could see the time.


Plain-an-Gwarry Trail must-sees

The Elms


Now home to  Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, "The Elms" is a Victorian building with a rich history. Once home to a Labour Exchange and an engineering fuse factory, the surrounding land was thought to have been used as an ancient Plen-an-Gwary (amphitheatre) - giving the adjacent road it's name.
Redruth Rugby Club
Overlooked by the majestic Carn Brea Castle and Momument in the background, the Recreation Ground is home to The Reds. Go down on match-days to to witness Cornwall's best-loved sport - or at other times the ground is open for you to visit the famous Hellfire Corner. See more here.

Churchtown Trail must-sees

Located in beautiful surroundings, yet only a two minute walk from the town centre, the grounds of the Penventon Park Hotel are tranquil and relaxing. There is history here, too, however. Built in the 1830s, the building was used during the Second World War as a centre for medical assessments and emergency supplies.
St Euny Parish Church
This is no ordinary parish church. Nestled at the foot of Carn Brea, St Euny has been a site of worship since the 6th century, and parts of the current building date back to 1487. Note the exceptionally long coffin-rest; a grim reminder of the tragedies suffered by local people as a result of the dangerous mining industry.