The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Minack Theatre Seating

Minack Theatre Seating

One of the world's most famous open air theatres, The Minack Theatre to the west of Penzance (around a 20 to 25 minute drive) is spectacularly situated in the cliff face overlooking one of Britain's best beaches, Porthcurno Beach. Panoramic views of the coastline from this theatre on the headland are truly spectacular. A summer season of plays run from May to September featuring a mix of classic drama, music and opera in what has to be one of the world's most beautiful settings for a theatre! Ample free parking is available adjacent and the open air theatre is open daily for self-guided tours. Pretty sub-tropical gardens, a souvenir shop and The Minack Cafe with magnificent views are also on-site.

Rowena Cade, the inspirational woman behind The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade, the inspirational woman behind The Minack Theatre

Rowena Cade's Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is largely the work of one woman's perseverance to establish a community theatre. Carved into the cliffside, the theatre's construction was a 'labour of love'. Find out more about Rowena Cade (1893-1983), the woman with a background in theatre costume design who built The Minack Theatre, in the excellent Rowena Cade exhibition within the theatre complex. Performances were first staged here in the 1930s, and these initial performances included regular Shakespeare plays, a traditional which continues on at The Minack Theatre today.

Daytime visits to The Minack Theatre

Daytime visits to The Minack Theatre

Where to Stay

A selection of beautiful coastal cottages and stylish apartments near The Minack Theatre cluster around the Porthcurno, St Levan, St Buryan and Sennen areas, putting you just minutes from the theatre, ideal for performances or daytime tours. Penzance is a mere 20 to 25 minutes from The Minack, with other convenient locations including pretty fishing village Mousehole just 15 to 20 minutes away, Lands End and Sennen only a 10 minute drive and St Ives around 45 minutes from the theatre.

Accommodation near the Minack Theatre

  • St Just   (4.9 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Family-run caravan park, close to beaches, Penzance and tourist attractions. Pet friendly. FREE Wi-Fi. Choice of modern and fully fitted holiday homes. Great on-site facilities.
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  • Treen Near Porthcurno   (0.8 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 3
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    £275
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 3
     
    Well presented one bedroom cottage near Penzance ideal for couples or a small family. Set on an 150 acre organic farm close to beaches & coastal walks. Dog friendly. Sleeps 2/3.
     
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  • Penzance   (7.0 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £35
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    Welcoming Penzance B&B with ensuite rooms, free Wi-Fi & locally sourced breakfast. TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' winner. Short walk to seafront. Children over 12 welcome.
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  • Penzance   (7.3 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £34
    Per person B&B 2 person sharing
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    Inviting, family-run hotel overlooking Mount's Bay in Penzance. Metres from the promenade. Private parking and en-suite rooms. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Ideal for couples.
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  • Mousehole   (5.7 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £251
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Traditional Mousehole cottage close to Penzance. Two pets welcome & local spectacular coastal walks. Ideal for touring the South West with fitted kitchen & two double bedrooms.
     
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  • Newlyn   (6.3 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £30
    Double £60 pr, Family Suite: adults fr £35/children £10-15
     
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    Relaxed friendly B&B on Newlyn harbourside between Penzance & Mousehole, superb views, private/en-suite facilities, large guest lounge, free WiFi/use of computer, tea/coffee trays.
     
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  • Penzance   (7.4 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 6
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    £325
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleeps 4/6
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    Harbour side apartment in Penzance with 'upside down' living space and striking sea/harbour views. Ideal base for families with balcony and close to attractions. Sleeps 4/6
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  • Penzance   (7.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £35
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    Victorian town house B&B in Penzance just off the promenade with 4 guest rooms including a four poster room. Delicious varied breakfasts, Freeview TV and free parking adjacent.
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  • Penzance   (7.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £55
    Per double/ twin room (2 sharing)
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    Charming Victorian B&B in Penzance offering a superb range of single, twin, double & family guest rooms. Free WiFi service & great breakfast. 5 minutes walk to town centre.
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  • Mousehole   (5.7 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
    Sleeps 4
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    £650
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This former fisherman’s cottage dates back to the 18th century and is spectacularly situated, just 6 yards from the sea. One of a row, the holiday property has been completely r...
     
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