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.

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  • Penzance   (7.0 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Family run, Victorian era Penzance hotel offering good food and comfortable accommodation within an easy walk of the seafront. Internet access available.
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  • Newlyn   (6.5 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Contemporary two bedroom Newlyn holiday cottage set close to the beach & attractions. Free nearby parking, laundry facilities, private courtyard. One dog welcome. Short breaks.
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  • Newlyn   (6.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    This lovely, ground floor holiday property overlooks Newlyn Harbour and sleeps two people in one double bedroom.
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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   (6.2 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    £60
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    Beautiful country estate near Penzance. Four stunning en-suite rooms each named after a famous poet. Breakfast included in price. Camp bed provided for children. Free Wi-Fi.
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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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  • Newlyn   (6.3 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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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   (7.6 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Lovely Penzance Inn near the town and beaches. Ideal for couples and families with en-suite rooms, a fantastic restaurant and bar, film room and free WiFi.
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  • Penzance   (6.9 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Chiverton House is a 4* Silver Award B&B in a Historic Victorian building in Penzance. It offers free WIFI and is close to the promenade and town center.
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  • Sennen   (3.1 miles from the centre of The Minack Theatre)
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    Two delightful holiday cottages in Sennon Cove. Close to Land's End. Self-catering. Raised garden with sea views. BBQ and patio area. Private parking. Beach close by. Pet friendly.
     
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