Minack Theatre

A stunning outdoor theatre perched on the cliff top of the Cornish coast at Porthcurno, near Lands End.  Having both a dramatic setting and a very unique history to it, this is not to be missed if you are visiting west Cornwall. For those interested in the history, and the lady who single-handedly constructed it, there is a film room which details the ins and outs of the theatres past, but for the rest you are left to your own devices to wander through the grounds and soak up atmosphere.

The theatre is not only tourist attraction, but a fully working theatre in it’s own right,  so to get the full experience you would really be best to watch a show there. Sadly I did not have enough time to  do this.

 

Looking out over the bay from the top of the Minack Theatre.
Looking out over the bay from the top of the Minack Theatre.

 

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Minack Theatre

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Minack Theatre 50.041118, -5.652122 Minack Theatre

 

I would recommend making a day of it if you are looking to visit as Porthcurno beach is only a short  (but slightly treacherous if you are not firm footed) walk down from the theatre via the cliff path. An added bonus was that the parking was free at the theatre, whereas you had to pay for the car parks near the beach. Also nearby, and also most definitely worth a visit is the Porthcurno Museum of Submarine Telegraphy, whose cable house can be seen in the picture below.

 

View out to Porthcurno beach from the Minack Theatre.
View out to Porthcurno beach from the Minack Theatre. The white cable house belongs to the Museum of Submarine Telegraphy can be seen at the top of the beach.

 

Various photos of the Minack Theatre

External Links

Official Website: http://www.minack.com/

Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minack_Theatre

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