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Visitor information for Redruth in Cornwall

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The origins of the town of Redruth date back to the 12th century. It lies at the heart of the former mining industries and the disused mine buildings in the area are evidence of this; look for stone built engine houses with their tall chimneys that still preside over the landscape. The name Redruth is said to have come from the fact that the stream was so discoloured with iron oxide that it ran red.

Engineer William Murdoch, best known as the inventor of gas lighting, lived in Redruth from 1782 until 1798. His work with steam engines within the mining industry is honoured on ‘Murdoch Day’ when street entertainment, live music, a street market and a fabulous parade will see the town a riot of colour and fun for all ages.

Those wanting to learn more about the history of Cornwall should visit The Cornwall Centre (Kresenn Kernow) in Alma Place, Redruth. Of particular interest are the Tregellas Tapestries, a series of modern embroidered panels that record Cornish history and culture from prehistoric times to today. Home to the Cornish Studies Library visitors can view old newspapers and photographs, research family history and browse in the book shop.

The Carn Brea Leisure Centre at nearby Pool offers a whole range of activities, from taking part in an aerobics class to zooming down a 25m flume in the indoor pool. And at nearby Stithians Lake there are opportunities to try windsurfing, sailing, rowing and canoeing.

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