The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This welcoming, traditional pub takes its name from the nearby legendary rock that sits precariously perched up on the cliffs near Porthcurno. The pretty beer garden and marquee make it an attractive option after a day at one of the nearby beaches. Or warm up in the snug bar area after a wintry walk on the cliffs.
Atmospheric and popular pub serving excellent food. Dog Friendly and open all day.
Great traditional old pub with a laid back beer garden and friendly staff. The outside is festooned with colourful hanging baskets of flowers in the summer. It's ideal for a pint after a day on the beach at Porthcurno or Porthchapel. Apparently Johnny Depp has been known to pop in for a pint when filming in the area - even more reason to stop by!
Good pub, but the food was very poor.
Excellent pub food and friendly atmosphere. Can get crowded in the summer, but there's usually room in the beer garden or marquee out at the back if it's raining. Highly recommended. Winter evenings by the fire with the locals are a treat.
A good spot for seal-watching, this pretty boulder beach is only accessible from the South West Coast Path, from Land's End to the north or Porthgwarra to the south, so remains largely untouched and never gets busy.
A short walk but with a fabulous ending, the beach underneath the Minack Theatre is one of the best in Cornwall.
When the sun shines on Porthcurno, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve somehow stumbled onto a Mediterranean beach. White sand, turquoise sea, amber rocks and high cliffs create a magical atmosphere. This is a destination for those who really want to escape – there are no tacky shops, no ice cream vendors, and no noisy beachfront bars, just one of the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine.
The Cornish theatre with real ‘wow’ factor is the Minack. Perched on the cliffs at Porthcurno, the Minack is an open-air theatre-in-the-round – and a triumph of vision over reality.
Stunning views, gardens, ammenities and the actual theatre itself is worth the trip down alone. Recommended to anyone visiting Cornwall, add the MinackTheatre to your itinerary.
An Absolute Must!
The views from this magical place are gorgeous and all the gardens that are painstakingly laid out between the seats are a real pleasure to see,but the theatre itself is so spectacular that it almost takes your breath away.We have been to Cornwall lots of times and have always promised ourselves a visit to the Minack but this was the first time that we had made it.I have to say that having been once we will certainly be returning.Thank you Rowena Cade for starting this truly magical place!
An absolute must!
Worth a visit. Wonderful views, sea birds amazing to watch. Warm welcome good cafe, great cakes!
A unique experience!
What can one say? This was my second trip to The Minack, but my partners first. She was utterly enthralled - the production of "Mack & Mabel" was fabulous! But, let's be honest, the real star of the show is the theatre itself - absolutely tranquil setting, looking out over the sea and Porthcurno Beach while the production unfurls before you (there is something truly magical about the sound of the sea drifting in during the quiet parts of the show). Really - if you do one thing whilst in Cornwall, please make it a trip to see a play at The Minack Theatre. You surely will not regret it - and it's outstanding value for money too (less than a tenner for a seat)!
Minack Theatre – Spectacular
The story about how the theatre was created is fascinating.
The views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Once you have visited the theatre either walk down the footpath or go to the car back at The Telegraph Museum and walk down to Porthcurno Beach. What a way to spend a day.
Have wanted to visit Minack for ages & it lived up to expectations, fantastic views & what an amazing story.
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre
Wonderful evening at the Minack Theatre performance of David Copperfield. The weather on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon had been appalling - pouring rain- but we received text updates from the Minack, and in line with the BBC weather forecast the rain stopped in time for the show and later on the moon shone over the sea. The play was very well done and we all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys. We wrapped up warmly and invested in hire of the Minack padded seat cushions with backs. This year we had stone seats with backs which were much more comfortable than sitting on the grass terraces. I booked the seats online about a month in advance, and I believe they were sold out for the week's run of the play.
Squashbox Theatre - Craig
If Squashbox repeats in 2013 ...you must go and see it. Morning shows for children - but equally enthralling for Adults.
Craig is a fantastic performer and you get the chance to see the Minack.
But you will need to book - performances in August are usually sold out a few days in advance.
Amazing and great value
I rang the theatre to ask for advice and they were incredibly helpful.Unfortunately the weather was rubbish - but the show went on and we enjoyed a great play in an amazing location - even the weather couldnt ruin the evening. Well worth a visit and good value for money.
Worth every penny - the history about how the theatre was created is fascinating; the views from inside the theatre and out to sea are stunning.
Excellent attraction with fantastic views.
We tried to book tickets online prior to our visit, but the theatre was fully booked. However, when we visited during the day, we found that the booking office had received some cancellations and we were delighted to be able to get tickets for two days later . Worth checking with the booking office when you visit!
This is truly uplifting, the story about it is amazing ,the views are simply wonderful. No plays on when we visited but truly a great place to spend some time, free car-park!! decent reasonably priced cafe, friendly staff.
We got tickets to see Titanic The Musical which was being performed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Adult tickets were a very reasonable £8 for the upper terraces, which gave a decent view. We all wrapped up warm with blankets and foam sit mats (essential) and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The backdrop of the sea and cliffs on the opposite side of the bay gave this show special significance. The real water gushing down the steps and the marine distress flare illuminating the sea made this a truly emotional and memorable experience.
Go to the Minack Theatre - you won't be disappointed
Read the story of Minack Theatre before visiting and then marvel at what you see there!
Saw Pirates of Penzance in Sept and was fab. Do take warm clothes even if the weather seems mild and totally exposed to elements! My partner nearly had frost bite on his ears so had to buy a silly hat! Some people who were not dressed for cold weather left at the interval.
Wonderful - everyone should visit this place, truly amazing.
A wonderful place to visit, for all the family. Attended chidren's storytelling session on a Tuesday morning (on Tues. & Thurs. morning during summer holidays), which was a great hit with both children and adults. Enjoyed some delicious Cornish pasties in the cafe on site before heading down to Porthcurno beach below - a great day out!Superb views when the weather is fine.
Fantastic. Super setting for The Death of Sherlock Holmes which was funny and very entertaining. Wrap up warm, even on a summer's evening, and take cushions to sit on. Plenty of opportunity in the break to wander round and explore,taking photographs, up and down the steps. We bought fish'n'chips in Sennen to eat there which were lovely rather than have the hassle of carrying a picnic round all day.
A superb location, made even better by a great performance.
We loved the Minack: the turquoise sea as a backdrop to the action on the stage. We were there for a matinee on a hot September day in 2010. A traditional production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikardo by actors from Cambridge University. Many years ago, a friend had performed in this at the Minack.
Words of warning: the tiers are very steep, and the sun can be very hot: not a venue for the very elderly (who were there when we were, but a couple were overcome by heat). Recommend the canvas seat covers which make the narrow tiered seats, cut from the rock, more comfy.
The Minack Theatre
A wonderful venue. Attending at least one event is a must. Take plenty of warm clothing along with a picnic and something hot to drink because you really are exposed to the elements. Early booking is essential for many events. If you love the theatre then a visit to the Minack is not to be missed. Plenty of easy access parking.
A stunning location for this original open air theatre. Fantastic views with the possibility of fabulous sunsets. If you are lucky you may also see dolphins. Book early for the summer time plays as it is very popular and remember to take a picnic and lots of warm clothing!
Open air theatre built by Rowena Cade in the most stunning cliff top setting near Penzance at Porthcurno.
Whether you attend a performance or simply visit the site (there's the Rowena Cade visitors' centre and a cafe), you'll find the setting utterly breathtaking. I'm still in awe of the determination of Rowena Cade to create this utterly unique theatre where a great variety of imaginative performances take place. The weather is important, so it's a good idea to check the forecast before you book.
- J Wallwork
This must be the most dramatic setting for an open air theatre in Britain. Book early if you want to go to a performance.
Wow is not enough
To say that it has 'wow' factor is not enough. No photograph does it justice. People walk in through the gates for the first time and their jaws hit the floor. Daytime visitors can enjoy the exhibition about Rowena Cade, the single lady who built the theatre with her own hands, and take refreshments in what must be the most spectacularly appointed coffee shop in the country. But it's even better to come on a summer evening when there is a show on. No trip to Penwith is complete without experiencing this unique and wonderful theatre.
Get to the bottom of the hit-and-miss path to Porthcurno, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled into the Mediterranean - steeply shelving powder-fine sand, an almost luminous blue sea and cliffs sheltering you from the sea breezes.
Stunning beach with mesmerizing waves crashing onto the rocks at high tide. Go out of season on a warm day in September and its not so crowded.
Fantastic beach and landscape, the Telegraph museum is also worth a visit at this cove.
The best part of the beach was looking down at it from above. On a sunny day you could easily be forgiven for believing that you were in the Mediterranean, the beautiful sand and crystal clear waters are mesmerising.
However, the beach is shell sand, it sticks to you and can be sharp in places. The beach also shelves very steeply. It doesn't take long to be out of your depth and children to be out of sight. There are also parts along the shore that become cut off at high tide. You really need to keep an eye on your children, especially if they are the adventurous type.
If you don't like crowded beaches, this is certainly not the place for you and if you want to get a decent pitch you need to turn up early. Have plenty of change for the car park as the local shop will not help you out.
Best Beach In The UK
Porthcurno beach has to be the best beach in the UK, You would think you were in the med!! Parking limited so be early to get a space and £5.70 for a day, Lifeguards did a great job watching over our little children, A must see for anyone in the area..
Porthcurno beach absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. We spent 3 afternoons there. The view from the top is breathtaking and you could well believe you were in the Med.
Absolutely fabulous beach ........gorgeous!
With easy access along a well worn path from the car park Porthcurno Beach is truly beautiful. There is a tricky old path up to the Minack Theatre on one side but the short steep ascent is well worth making. A path up over the other side of the beach leads to a wonderful walk along the entire length of Porthcurno Beach (and further if you wish). Heed the warnings from the local coastguards - these people really do understand the local conditions.
This is an awesome beach, with deep soft sand which sticks to you and stays in the car for weeks! The whole bay from Logans Rock to Minack Rock is the most extraordinarily tropical blue-green, and the beach, being south facing, is a perfect sun-trap. Porthcurno has a large car park where you can normally find spaces even during the peak season. It's worth reiterating that the beach is steeply-shelving: an adult can walk 6 paces into the sea and be out of their depth, so do keep an extra eye out for young children.
This is a stunningly beautiful beach. It isn't right for surfers, and shelves deeply. (There is a lifeguard in summer, during the day) Perfect for a picnic on a warm summer's evening.
This is a lovely sandy beach which shelves quite steeply. When the tide is out you can walk round to the Logan Rock.
A wide crescent of white sand, Sennen is great for sandcastles and surfing and joins up with neighbouring Gwenver at low tide. Easy access and parking make Sennen a popular choice with families. All amenities are close by, including toilets, beach shops, cafes and a pub, plus the Beach Restaurant which has great sea views.
If you want to have a good swim forget Sennen cove!
We are from the generation of swimmers that believe you don't actually need to don a wet suit every time you venture into the sea. We went up to the far end of the beach where it was quiet and away from the multitude of surfers so that we could have a pleasant swim without being hounded by them, only to be told by a lifeguard (belly down on a surf board!) that it was too dangerous as it was a bit 'rippy'. Talk about health and safety gone mad! We are both experienced swimmers and the beach is a gently shelving one with no evidence of rip tides at all. Added to that there were beginner surfers in the very area we were swimming in.
We believe that deterring people from swimming on this beach is totally money motivated as surfing is such big business on this beach; we spotted at least three different surfing schools advertising lessons. It's not in their interest to have swimmers getting in the way of their precious hoard of learner surfers. It's disgraceful that there isn't a designated area for swimmers only - blatant discrimination against people who only want to swim.
Thankfully we found two beautiful beaches further west to swim off, one being Porthchapel, the other, Porthcurno. Thank God they still exist!
LOVELY BEACH TO VISIT
You drive down a steep hill into Sennen Cove with a tight turn at the bottom into the busy car park. Right ahead of you is the Ben Tunnicliffe Beach Café; slightly more upmarket than the average beach café with a fantastic outdoor terrace with beach views. The food was excellent and it is a great place to read a book with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail.
The beach itself has beautiful white sands and is a great place for the kids.
This is the perfect family friendly place.
Fantastic beach and location - great place to visit
Sennen Cove, wide sandy beach with plenty of scope for surfing, swimming or paddling, 5 star. A place of pure joy! Easy parking, excellent cafe and a vast beach to make ones own. Steep descent into the Cove but plenty of passing places. Would that I could live close by..........
Well worth a visit!
Have visited Sennen Cove many times over the years and never tire of going back there. Interesting village and a superb beach, a lifeboat station to visit, wonderful view to Cape Cornwall etc etc! But, we were there only last week on a busy afternoon and - despite the harbour car park being more than 60% full - the public loos there were locked and barred! Not impressed by that. The good news is that there are alternative loos at the beach car park, so all was not lost!
A magnificent beach, especially at low tide, which stands comparison with any other. Framed by the cliffs, and with the water's azure hue and the song of the Atlantic rollers, it has a magical quality which draws you back to it. Facing north-west it has fabulous sunsets, and only a churl could fail to be indelibly impressed by it.
The curve of the bay from Sennen in the south to Gwenver in the north with it's two great headlands and steeply sloping backdrop put this beach into a natural amphitheatre. It also creates a gentle variation in sea-state along it's length, more exposed as you head North, so you can often find conditions that suit your confidence.
Beautiful beach - amazing at sunset!
Beautiful at sunset!
This beach is gorgeous with beautiful sand and amazing water! My last visit was early evening at sunset when it was stunning and peaceful. The cafe above is great for a coffee or meal too!
The ultimate beach
...actually it's the journey BACK UP the hill to the car park which is a bit of a trek - but hey, it's only 5 minutes away! This beach is literally stunning. The sand is golden and endless, the water blue and the waves a joy to ride. As with most beaches there is an Easter-September dog ban on Whitesands (the one nearer to Sennen Cove); but just beyond the rocks, Gwenver is dog friendly all year round. There is a discreet cafe right on Whitesands, a very helpful surf hire outlet, and during the summer months both Whitesands and Gwenver are served by lifeguards. The kind of beach which reminds you of those long perfect sandy days of childhood, and it's probably the main reason I moved down here.
A beautiful beach, fantastic surf, white sands (hence the name Whitesands Bay) turquoise seas. Depending on the height of the sand there are some rock pools too. In summer there tend to be sand pools on the beach so safe for toddles and good for sand castle engineers! The parking is occassionally difficult and with a small car park at the bottom of the steep hill filling by 10 on a summers day, thre is ample parking at the top of the hill, a bit of a treck down but at least a space is guaranteed.
Good surfing beach, but can be quite windy. Take your windbreak!
Pick up delicious fresh local food at the farmers' market held behind Sennen school every Tuesday from 9am to 12pm. You will also find an eclectic mix of local crafts including felt work, textile accessories, ceramics, candles, soft furnishings and jewellery to name a few and there's also a bustling cafe for a tasty treat.
Try to hold out on too much shopping until Tuesday 9am when The Sennen Farmer's Market opens. You really can get everything you need (except wine/beer). The locally baked bread was superb, huge outdoor selection of fruit and veg, fresh fish, fresh meat, cooked meat products and cheese. Plus treats such as fudge, cakes, jams, chutney and plenty of craft stalls.
Really good range of local food
We visited the farmers' market on the last Tuesday in August, having read reviews on this site. We weren't disappointed. Apart from the delicious cakes, bread, ewes' milk yoghurt and fresh vegetables I also bought a Turkish meze meal for £5. Not cheap for one portion, but absolutely amazing flavours and all vegetarian. I ate this for my lunch on Porth Chapel beach - wow, what a change from ham rolls! My partner bought a large Greek salad and chose to eat this with a couple of freshly-made lamb samosas which he thoroughly enjoyed.
We also bought, but have not yet tested, some nail scissors, a nail file and mini bottle-brushes. I'm not quite sure why, but they were a bargain!
Well worth visiting
Great range of good quality produce and very friendly atmosphere. Well worth a visit, plus prices were very reasonable (which they often aren't at farmers markets).
The cinnamon and pecan sticky buns in the October 2009 review are made by Hope's Bread.........and you can still buy them in Sennen every Tuesday morning.
We loved the Sennen Farmers Market and bought lots of lovely fresh food - bread (including Spelt), cheese, and meat. The fish stall was very attractive (but you had to gut the fish!!) And the locals very friendly. Nice to see the 'real' Sennen - not just the tourist part.
I'd give it 6 stars if I could
I just wrote a 5-star review for Pendeen Farmers' Market, which is superb. But having just visited Sennen Farmers' market yesterday I think it's even better. AND it's clearly signposted from the A30. AND it's on every week. Heaven!
Where to begin? Your first challenge is to get past the baker just inside the door without spending all your money on fluffy, chunky bread, olive-and-pepper focaccia so loaded it looks like a pizza, and cinnamon-pecan buns you could just elope with. Then you have to run the gauntlet of at least 2 cake stalls before you reach Crabby Jacks, selling whole cooked crabs, crab meat and the most delicious crab pate (all local). Local butchers sell fat sirloin steaks, fantastic bacon and sausages, and seriously hefty meat pies, while a lamb-farmer offers joints, chops - and even rugs. (You know you're talking to a real farmer when she can remember precisely which animal a particular rug came from and what its temperament was.) Vegetables - have you ever seen swedes bigger than your head? No? Then this is the place to buy them, along with intriguingly sweet kale, sprouts on the stalk, and potatoes with Cornish earth still clinging to them. Deliciously creamy cheese is stacked up in piles and being sold by the man who has made it with his own hands. And yes, everything is cheaper than it is Tesco's.
When you've finished browsing through hand-made soaps, photographic cards, curios, plants, even MORE cakes, the local play-group's fundraising table, you can grab a cafetiere of fresh coffee, gossip with the locals (and everyone in the village seems to be there) and tuck into those cinnamon-pecan buns which, let's face it, never were going to survive the few yards back home.
As with Pendeen Farmer's Market, my advice is to do yourself a favour and do your weekly supermarket trawl AFTERWARDS - if you still need anything. If you go BEFORE coming here, I promise you you'll kick yourself.
Sennen is the most westerly village in England, and Whitesand Bay is a mile long stretch of golden sand, with plenty of rock pools at low tide. Small boats still fish from the cove using traditional lobster pots and handlines. If you're lucky you might be able to pick up some handline caught bass or mackerel fresh off the boat. Dogs are allowed during the quieter months but it's adviseable to check as regulations differ from beach to beach.
No dogs allowed on this beach. Depends upon number of cars, but parking can be remote
Great beach for families. Good sandcastle building and space to play. We enjoyed our walk up to Land's End.
So beautiful we named our son Sennen!
Fantastic place for enjoying the most south westerly part of Cornwall at its very best, we've been back year after year - and yes, we really do have a 7yr old called Sennen - a choice we didn't make lightly!
Look out for dolphins, miles of clean, golden sand and lots of fresh salty sea air. Walk along the beach to get a bit more space in the busy season - but not too far that you can't make it back to the excellent beach cafe for a cup of tea or some chips!
Sennen is the best
We've been back and back to Sennen: we love the beach with its beautiful sands, in the curve of green sandy hills. The locals are friendly too, if you go to the Market (held on Tuesdays, community hall). It's history as a typical Cornish fishing village is still obvious in the lobster pots and fishing boats in the small harbour. Spectacular sunsets over the sea.
Traditional, sustainable fishing
Many Sennen fishermen are members of the South West Handline Fishermen's Association. Their Web site lets you trace the journey of your fish from 'hook to plate' and introduces some of the faces you're likely to see fishing at Sennen cove. www.linecaught.org.uk
The perfect beach
Sennen is perfect on a windy stormy winters day as well as a sunny summers day with perfect blue seas, white sands and, often, dolphins in the bay.
What is there not to love?
Now I'd be the first to admit it - I am biassed. I live in Sennen, and I'm here out of choice. I love the wild, windswept feel of the village. I love the huddled feel of the cove. The beach is second to none and is excellent for surfing. The landscape and the cliff paths (and the views from them) are simply breathtaking. The pubs are cosy and welcoming and the people are friendly. Whatever the time of year I always find something exhilarating about this area.
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