Trains to Redruth in Cornwall travel high above the streets of the town on a viaduct originally built out of timber in the early 1850s to a design by iconic railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. At that time, the town was at the peak of its power as the centre of the Cornish mining industries, with many of the county's most important copper and tin mines nearby.
Nowadays, when you step out of the station you're right in the town centre, just minutes from the main shopping area on Fore Street. A few miles away in Pool, 15 minutes by bus from opposite the station, is Heartlands - a lottery-funded visitor attraction opened in 2012 to celebrate the area's World Heritage Site status. It's free to visit and includes an adventure playground, heritage exhibitions, galleries and botanical gardens. Also close by are the wide sweeping beaches and sheltered coves of the north Cornwall coast.