Porthcurno around three miles from Land’s End is one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches, described by most who visit as a beach paradise. The sandy cove with its turquoise waters sits at Cornwall’s most south westerly point. Bus services run regularly to Porthcurno from Penzance bus station, including an open top bus service during the summer season. Spectacular cliff top walking surrounds the sandy beach cove – head up from Porthcurno’s Main Valley Car Park for a breathtaking three mile, dog and family friendly coastal walk to Penberth and back, taking in beaches and dog friendly inns en-route.
Naturally formed and flanked by great granite cliffs and rock formations, Porthcurno is a photographer’s dream, with some of the best views of the beach and surrounding coastline available from the The Minack Theatre high up on the cliff face. This stunning beach cove of glorious golden sands is made up of ground shell particles. Looking down at Porthcurno beach from The Minack Theatre, the water takes on a beautiful clear turquoise colour. This effect is largely due to the shell fragments in the sand which run well under the waterline – the effect is magical indeed. Parking is located just 200 yards from the beach.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum sits adjacent to Porthcurno beach and is an important site within the history of Britain’s communications networks, including the internet. The first undersea telegraph cable was laid from Porthcurno in 1870. In 1900 it was the world’s largest telegraph station. To protect it, during the Second World War it was moved into bomb-proof and gas-proof tunnels – and today a visit to the museum includes a tour around this fascinating underground building.