Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. From above it looks as though some wandering Greeks, two thousand years ago, had carved a theatre into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. In fact, it was just under eighty years ago that there was nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade.

The sub-tropical gardens have become an established favourite, especially for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The succulent plants thrive on the open cliffside providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round.

The Rowena Cade Visitor Centre tells the remarkable story of how a girl from Victorian era Cheltenham grew up to build this internationally famous Theatre with her own hands. Visit during the day, explore and relax in our cafe, overlooking the Theatre and soak up the magic that is Minack.

From the start of April to the end of September, the theatre is open to day visitors from 9.30 until 5pm, except during ticketed matinee performances on Wednesdays and Fridays, and children's story telling performances which are usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during school holidays.  Matinee performances start at 2pm and evening performances at 8pm.

For a full programme of events and opening hours check the website.

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Tourism Activity, Sport and Experience of the Year - Bronze Award

Dog Friendly
Accessible

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Educational Visits available
  • Group Visits available
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop
  • Sea views
  • Beach within 2k

Accessibility

  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Adult £4.00 Day time visit (no performance)
Adult £9.50 Performance theatre ticket
Child £0.00 11 and under - day time visit (no performance)
Child £2.00 15 and under - day time visit (no performance)
Child £5.00 15 and under - performance theatre ticket
Concession £3.00 Seniors day time visit (no performance)

Opening Times

Open all year

09:30 am - 17:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,

1 April to 30 September

Directions

The nearest rail and bus stations are in Penzance. Take the 1A bus to Porthcurno.

Follow the B3282 from the A30 to Porthcurno. The Minack is signed on brown and white tourism signs from the A30 at Catchall and Lands End.

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Bronze Award

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2011 - Gold

South West Tourism Gold Award 2012

Location

Minack Theatre
Porthcurno Cornwall TR19 6JU

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