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Redruth Town

Situated 2 miles east of Camborne on the A393 and just off the main A30 trunk road.
Closely affiliated to Camborne through the mining industry was once a very prosperous centre. (For more details on the areas mining heritage please see the Camborne page) Some Victorian, Georgian and earlier buildings still remain. In the churchtown area of the town there are some very old cottages and the Uny's Parish Church, this is mainly Georgian with a 15th century tower. The 'Lychgate' has an unusually long coffin rest, this was to deal with deaths from the many mining disasters.
The Scottish inventor William Murdoch (1754 – 1839) made Redruth his home. He invented such things as coal gas lighting and vacuam powered tubes, his house was the first in Britain to use gas lighting.

Local Attractions

To the south of Redruth is the dramatic 'Carn Brea', rising some 750' above sea level. The summit of this granite hill is crowned with a 90' monument to Francis Basset, he did much to improve the lives of poor labourers in the area.
Also on Carn Brea is a small castle, part medieval, was once used as a hunting lodge. Carn Brea is also the site of the earliest Neolothic Settlement in southern Britain. It also has the remains of an iron age fort.
In June of each year there is a midsummer bonfire ceremony, a pagan ritual with the lighting of a fire on the summit signaling other fires to be lit all the way from Lands End to the River Tamar on the Cornwall/Devon border.
A popular attraction near Redruth is the 'Shire Horse and Carriage Museum'. See magnificent shire horses at rest, play and work, together with the largest collection of horse drawn houses in Britain.
The town centre is quite small with one long steep hill forming most of the shopping centre. However, there are some quite pleasant little shops/bakers/tea rooms/restaurants and pubs that make this town popular with locals.
The main London to Penzance rail link runs through here making it readily accessible.

Redruth Accommodation

There is very little accommodation in Redruth centre but there are a few guest houses on the approach roads. Most tourists to the area tend to use nearby coastal resorts such as St Agnes, Portreath, Hayle and St Ives.