The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This 16th century thatched village pub close to the Helford river has a lot to offer. Child and dog friendly means that the whole family are welcome! What better place to enjoy good food and drink after a walk in the beautiful countryside?
friendly local pub serving good food
We called in here for a meal for the first time since its been taken over and refurbished. It's a lovely little pub; very friendly and the food was very good and not expensive. We joined in the pub quiz which is always fun. A great little pub with parking that deserves support
Lovely food and drink albeit through scary tiny roads. Well worth the journey.
This cove is very pretty at high water, but once the tide subsides it's left with a shingle shoreline and mudflats. A great location to sit and watch boating activity or birdlife on the river.
The picturesque hamlet of Helford has a lovely walk along the river, up alongside Frenchman’s Creek and then through woodland past Kestle and back to the village.
The village of Helford is a hidden gem of a place, secreted on the banks of the Helford River and surrounded by ancient woodland, deep valleys and creeks. Take a passenger ferry along the river and you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world, a peaceful refuge from the traffic and crowds of the 21st century. It’s impossible not to think of smugglers, pirates and Daphne du Maurier’s tortured heroines as you slide across the water through this beautiful corner of Cornwall.
Having last stayed in Helford 8 years ago, we were keen to revisit. It is a wonderful little village. We walked to the ferry point and as it was low tide, the children were able to explore the rock pools. We had lunch in the Shipwrights which is under new management. We all enjoyed our lunches - Vicky's home made bread was lovely. There is a lovely village stores. Unfortunately, we didn't have time on this occasion to walk round Frenchman's creek.
Family and dog-friendly, Trebah covers 26 acres, converting a small corner of Cornwall into a sub-tropical paradise. Located above the Helford River, every inch of Trebah is covered by lush vegetation, with 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias kicking off the season with an explosion of colour.
Lovely day out
We had a lovely day at Trebah in March. There were lots of colourful Spring plants including all the rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias, and a sea of fascinating gunneras that were starting to come out. When they are fully grown, the leaves can reach 2.5m across and there is a gunnera passage where you could walk underneath them. There’s also some giant bamboo and many interesting paths up and and down to the beach. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe and all in all, a great day out. Check the website and make sure you book in advance as they were only accepting pre-booked visitors. Also check the cafe closing time on the beach (ice creams etc) as it closed at 3pm when we were there.
Wonderful exotic gardens
We visited in February and were surprised by how warm and mild the atmosphere was in the gardens. What a wonderful variety of plants, shrubs and trees! well laid out paths allow the visitor to wander around the grounds to access different view points. The beach at the bottom of the valley was a lovely surprise. We particularly liked the water feature cascading down the valley.
Excellent cafe in a delightful light and airy modern building. The entry fee is reasonable and good value for money.
An enjoyable afternoon out
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trebah, September was a good time to visit as the hydrangeas were flowering beautifully. The beach was lovely as was the delicious ice cream!
A disabled persons opinion
I was really looking forward to visiting Trebah but was really disappointed, I was only able to go out of the reception building in my wheelchair when I was faced with the most sever decline and was told that it was like that all the way. It was very unsafe for me to go any further, so had to turn round and go out of the gardens
Beautiful gardens and beach
Well worth a visit. Really incredibly, calming gardens with excellent covid measures in place to feel safe. The private beach is just lovely, worth the short queue to get in (controlled by a traffic light system to ensure not too many people are on it are time). Nice cafe with gluten free options. A very good day out, would highly recommend.
Best gardens to visit in the area
If you like to visit gardens then this is one of the very best in the area. We prefer it to the nearby Glendurgan gardens, though Glendurgan is run by the National Trust so you can get in for free if you are a member.
Excellent lovely gardens which as NT members (although Trebah is privately owned)
out of high season, can be viewed for very reasonable cost.
Best more natural gardens in the area in my view.
Wonderful Gardens leading down to a lovely beach.
These gardens are truly fascinating and beautiful. We loved that the dog was welcome even in the cafe and the food and drink were all really good, healthy, well prepared and delicious.
Impressive gardens and picturesque beach
Beautiful gardens. Very pleasant staff and good food. The private beach was very picturesque. Would recommend.
You won't be disappointed
What a wonderful place to lose yourself in nature discovering plants I had never seen before and some looked like they stepped out of Jurassic Park! We stayed into the evening for a fantastic Miracle Theatre production in the Amphitheatre called The Magnificent Three which was absolutely brilliant, great story, great cast and highly recommended, I will be looking out for their next production. Overall a very pleasing day with ice cream on the beach too, what more could you want!
A mini paradise
This was such a wonderful find. A complete tropical paradise hidden away down the creek. You really feel like you have disappeared to a magical world here and it's a great place to escape. Beautiful water gardens and walks through the woods, which eventually lead down to a private secluded beach. Would happily come here time and again. Lovely cafe as well and there's also a cafe on the beach.
Nice family day out
We visited the gardens on Father's Day (three generations of us!) and it was a lovely day out. It was interesting seeing all the exotic plants and following the path through the gardens to the private beach at the end where an ice cream sat on the beach is a must! The adventure play areas within the gardens were great for the kids.
We hadn't heard about Trebah before we arrived but it proved to be a fabulous day out and the gardens were very special. Better than Eden in some ways and the weather on the day was perfect.
The walk down to the bay was superb. Also enjoyed the shop, cafe and garden centre.
We have been to Trebah several times in the past, but the garden was at it's loveliest this time, with loads of spring flowers as well as the rhododendrons etc.
I love trebah
Trebah is a brilliant day out, and the beach is gorgeous!!
A really delightful garden with much to see. Although steep in places, there are plenty of benches to rest before venturing further.
The glimpse of the sea as you wend your way through the garden is really beautiful and really well worth the trip down to the bottom.
Well worth a visit time and time again.
Gets better every time
We love Trebah Gardens, they are also dog friendly, though unfortunately we did see evidence that some dog owners were not respecting the fact that clearing up is a must if this is to continue. We really enjoy walking around the gardens and always spend at least three hours doing so. Always something different to see. Already looking forward to our next visit.
We enjoyed that they are clearly continuing to develop and work on the garden in the 5 years since we last visited. Cafe very good and plenty of sheltered outdoor space. Plenty to see in May and an icecream on the beach was a great treat.
Wonderful garden especially in May when we were there. A beach with a cafe half way round and the ubiquitous crab sandwiches in the cafe near the entrance. We could have spent a whole day here.
A great place to visit. Even on a dull day this provided some great views and a fascinating range of plants. The beach was an added bonus. The restaurant provided a good range of dishes, including some gluten free choices.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
I can only endorse all that has been said before - the gardens are magical and inspirational, with a wonderful collection of hydrangeas as well as a magnificent bamboo thicket. The beach is a dear, with lovely views across the water.
Worth a visit, even on a wet day. The cream tea in the cafe was so good there is no chance it could ever be matched anywhere else. Enjoyed the shop too. We spent 2 hours in the property although it's not all that large, including time at the cafe. It's advisable to go early when it's really quiet.
Suitable for young and old
I would recommend this garden for anyone. The walks around the garden can be taken at any pace and are endlessly fascinating for young children as well as older relatives. Even those who may not be as agile as they once were will be able to manage a good deal of the garden and there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and rest. The staff are very helpful, always ready to discuss an unusual plant and the cafe is run by a group of very cheerful women, who provide simple but delicious food.
A beautiful place, starting with formal gardens at the top, winding down through subtropical exotica to a small beach. We once went there on a winter's day where there was snow at the top of the garden and brilliant sunshine once you went through the doorway onto the beach; my children said it was like going into Narnia!
Trebah Gardens are excellent for all the family - there is also a beach below for children to explore. Kids can take part in the quiz as they walk around the gardens which makes for a more peaceful time for the parents!
Probably the most photographed beach in the area - the rugged, rocky coastline, caves and gleaming white sand make it one of Cornwall’s prettiest, take note though, the beach is totally covered at high tide. National Trust car parking is available with access to the beach via a steep gravelled path. Cafe and toilets are available during the summer months.
This is a stunning beach to visit. Be sure to arrive early in summer months so as to get into the car park nearest the beach, otherwise, it's a long walk from the overflow car park! It's well worth the early start and walk to the beach though, the views are stunning. Worth checking tides before you go so you can ensure you make the most of the beach at low tide.
Beautiful day out
Stunning , a must
Gorgeous dramatic windswept and steep
Gorgeous dramatic beach but time your visit carefully as at high tide there is no beach. Also dogs not allowed on beach in summer as National Trust so have to stay in cafe. Steep climb down so not wheelchair accessible. Make sure you bring your national trust membership card with you when you visit as otherwise will cost you £7 to park.
Busy and you’ll need change for carpark
We knew it would be busy but hadn’t appreciated quite how much. You cannot take dogs onto the cove and trailers are not allowed in carpark they’re pretty strict so don’t try and sneak in! It’s very organised with lots volunteers and go with change for car park, although it suggests there is a signal, behind the main hut so you can pay by phone it’s not the case, signal v poor.
...but get there early. Check the tide times to plan your visit as beach virtually non-existent at high tide. Also the slightly longer, easier walk is better on your knees and much quieter, better option to walk back up in my opinion!
Beautiful but very busy
If you’re going to go here then go early! We went at 9am one day and got parked fine, had a lovely breakfast at the cafe then wondered around the cliffs. Incredible views. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach from 10-6pm. We tried to go back a few days later, arriving at 9:20 and the car park was completely full!
We went on a stormy weekday in winter and it was fantastically spectacular. Wish we'd paid for longer parking! The walk gives you brilliant views and the cove itself was full of crashing waves! Unfortunately the cafe was shut (only open at weekends in January). But there was a baby seal lying on the path. Sorry, I can't guarantee that it'll be there when you visit. :-)
most beautiful cove
Though it is very busy and crowded its definitely worth a visit
the Kynance Cove Cafe above the beach is a highlight
Well worth the walk !
We loved the walk to Kynance and the cafe and cove when we got there. They even had lots of gluten free choices.
England's own Paradise
Great walks and when you actually walk down to see it a low tide you've got to catch your breath. Why people go to other countries looking for similar places I do not know. Absolute stunning.
One of my favourite places in the whole of Cornwall... absolutely beautiful. Well worth a visit!
Best Beach in the world
Picturesque, West facing suntrap, great surf, caves and rock pools.
My 10 year old confidently states it is the best beach in the world and I agree.
Well worth the drive
Although there is plenty to see near Falmouth this beautiful beach on the Lizard is a must and if you forget your picnic don't worry there is an excellent cafe when you get there. There are 2 paths to take from the National Trust car park, one a bit challenging and the other one very straightforward and wheel chair friendly. A fantastic morning out, a lovely walk and all very photogenic.
The Place to visit on The Lizard
Kynance Cove is probably the only place on The Lizard that everyone should visit. Spectacular at any time of the year, in all weather conditions, but probably better to avoid high tide, as there is no beach!
We could have spent every day here and not got bored. Beautiful views, sandy beach, caves, mermaids pool, sea, rock pools and a cafe that offered lovely food and great coffee - even the toilets were spotless. The only thing I would say is if you have younger children be prepared for the walk back up to the car after a long day on the beach. But don't let it put you off - its worth it!
Spectacular scenery. We'd already been swimming that day so didn't get in the sea but it was beautiful just to sit up on the cliffs with an ice cream and enjoy watching others enjoy the waves. Being a National Trust member, parking is free so could stay as long or as short as we pleased. Wish we'd spent more time exploring the cove a bit more as I understand there are caves etc. Highly recommended
Best Beach on the Lizard
Whilst some don't rate this beach due to the steep walks down to and back up from the beach and the fact that there is no beach left at high tide, in our opinion it is the best beach on the Lizard and definitely worth a visit.
To avoid having to carry too much don't worry about packing lunch as the cafe there is excellent and has loads of different options from jackets to toasties, cream teas and of course pasties.
The advantage of high tide covering the whole beach is that the sand is always pristinely clean and great for making castles!
The sea is usually pretty calm but fairly cold in comparison with others locally, dolphins are often seen in the waters and fish in the cove round the back of the caves - great for snorkelling.
Toilets on this beach are spotlessly clean too which is a bonus.
The best Beach
One of probably the best beaches in the UK if not Europe and further afield. Spectacular either when calm or during a storm. The pristine sand is cleaned by each high tide and if you make the effort in checking your tide times, fancy a paddle, and get there about an hour before low tide, you could be the first to make your footprints in the untouched sand. A brilliant National Trust cafe where you can get to eat (in my opinion) the best British bacon butty (even though its in a baguette) plus the view to relish. My other half recommends the crab sandwich. And we both say mmmmm to the cream teas. And then you can exercise it all off with the coast walks north or south.
Very pretty beach with some amazing coastal paths surrounding it.
Spectacular wildlife, plants, views and rock formations with a beautiful beach (at low tide) and bathing. Wonderful local walks to the Lizard and Mullion Harbour. National Trust cafe with outside seating.
- Rodney Keen
A beach cafe in the most rustic sense - a beachside shed with some outdoor seating. It is a National Trust-owned hut, but run by a local couple who provide 'Feast Nights' - now made famous by their appearance on ITV's 'Cornwall with Caroline Quentin'. You need to buy tickets, but the hut is generally open to everyone, except during the winter, so check times on their Web site.
A lovely experience
We can now see why this place is so popular! The service is excellent very friendly staff who take a minute to ask you about your visit while serving you. The food is beautifly cooked all be it presented in a takeaway box or cup the taste is incredible. My husband opted for the smoked beef chilli I had the Dahl served with flat bread both delicious. It was towards the end of our holiday otherwise we would have had lunch there every day.
visited in March
Windy, sunny and busyish. Interesting changing lunch menu which comes in cartons you can take away or eat on site. Also usual snacks and drinks. No need to book in March.
Lovely little walk from the car park where you come across some steps, if you then take the steps immediately going up you then come across the stunning Hidden Hut, where the food is fantastic, may be a little pricey, but so worth it, especially sitting on the benches
We visited the Hidden Hut whilst on holiday last week. Gorgeous food. We had the watercress soup which was scrumptious. Really recommend a visit.
What a surprise . Very popular so be prepared to queue but you can enjoy the view of Porthcurnick beach and headland.
Excellent customer service.
Worth a little walk.
A little gem
What a wonderful beachside find. It is super popular now so expect to queue, but it's is completely worth it with exceptional food, and a great beachside location. You won't regret a day out here. Check the website for opening times/days.
Great food overlooking the beach
Not just another beach front cafe. This place is possibly the best beach cafe/restaurant going. Great food and atmosphere. Really hits the spot. You will not be disappointed and worth the effort.
Really fantastic food, great service (despite the length of the queue). You must visit!
Perfect situation and great food
If you didn’t already know it, this a now a justly famous spit just above a lovely Cornish beach.
Splendid food - some fusion inspired and some more typical local Cornish. Great atmosphere. Also they have now a great Hidden Hut cookbook. Such a happy mix of photos and recipes!
definitely recommend for a yummy beachside lunch
Being relatively local to the area, we felt it was time to see if this often-mentioned beach cafe lived up to it's reputation....and it did! On a sunny August Sunday, the beach was busy and so was the Hidden Hut. Be prepared to queue - for quite a while - but once you've selected which of the mouthwatering options to go for, you've plenty of choice of places to sit and enjoy the really well cooked food and the amazing location. No doubt this will be the first of many visits to come!
Perfect for coffee and cake, overlooking Porthcurnick beach.
Stunning place for a delicious lunch! Pricey but great quality. Locally sourced and freshly made. Busy on Bank holidays but worth the queue. Soups are always fabulous as are the pasties, pulled pork baps and sausage rolls. We were lucky enough to get tickets for a feast night once and it was a most memorable and special event. Check out their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/thehiddenhut/
Taste life on a working organic Cornish farm. Walk the ponds, feed the ducks, watch the cows being milked and then indulge with some of the best ice cream in the county. The cream teas are pretty good too! During the summer months you can enjoy delicious pizza.
A real Cornish Farm
Fantastic Ice Creams and local delicacies, the home produced pizzas cooked in a pizza oven are fantastic. Walking the ponds area is very calming and can form part of an interesting round St Keverne walk.
A great place to visit with children - lots of animals to say hello to, feed the ducks, watch the milking and of course to sample the yummy ice cream! And, if like mine, your little one enjoys driving then it will be hard to tear them away from driving the tractor!
I return to SW Cornwall once a year - and Roskilly's is always on the agenda for the ice cream and cream teas. It's an additional extra when the tide has forced you off the beach early. You can buy Roskilly's ice cream at a few places - but you never get all the flavours they have on offer at the farm. Idyllic walks around the ponds and watching the organisation of the milking while you work your way through their generous ice creams. Not to be missed! :)
A holiday highlight for our children - especially seeing the cows being milked. The ice cream was beautiful. Having visited last about 8 years ago, my husband and I did feel,that the information in the milking shed could have been updated - it did look tatty! Also, they asked children to name the calves but you couldn't see their names. My son (5) would have liked some commentary when the cows came in to be milked. Overall though, we would definitely return
We were a bit disappointed with this place - it was very commercialised and the shop wasn't very good. The ice cream is delicious, especially the gooseberry yogurt flavour, but you can get that at quite a number of other places around there.
A great place to visit with or without children. The food and organic icecream is lovely. Highly recommend.
I have to say that this is one of my favourite places in South West Cornwall. A great day out for the family with a chance to walk around the ponds and feed the ducks, to watching the local cows being milked in the Milking Parlour. The milk is then used to make the famous Roskilly's ice cream (delicious!!) After a late summer afternoon stroll through the fields why not stay a bit longer and try their delicious evening barbecues.
Fantastic ice creams and so many flavours to choose from - BBQ banana, Hokey Pokey and Blackberry Cheesecake all go down a treat.
Excellent home made food, walks and children's activities.
Walking the ponds and farmland is the perfect excuse to build up an appetite for a lovely ice cream - if you can decide on a flavour from the extensive variety made on site! You could tie it in with a visit to one of the nearby beaches, or a longer walk on part of the South West Coast Path. Lunches in the sunny courtyard are good too.
Got to be the best ice-cream in Cornwall! They do tasty salads and pies and wonderful cream teas. In the summer they do a BBQ in the evening. Great for families.
Great whatever the weather
Well you could start with a wander around the ponds, why not bring the dog it is sure to enjoy this! Maybe feed the ducks or even just sit for a while and watch the world go by! Then head back to the barns for a well deserved ice cream. So many different flavours how do you chose? Why not stop and watch milking the kids will love it. Lovely selection of gifts in the gift shop and great local produce. Stop into the evening and enjoy the popular BBQ or on chillier evenings sit in by the open fire and enjoy a warming meal. What ever the weather your sure to enjoy a few hours here.
Taking pride of place on the cliffs above Porthcurno, the world-famous Minack Theatre is truly one of a kind. Hosting an array of open-air events, visitors to the theatre will be intrigued and entertained by actors and musicians performing fantastic live acts. If you can tear your gaze away from the stunning Atlantic background, that is.
Beautiful, what a setting! Take a cushion and blanket and it’s a great way to spend an evening.
Mischief Movie Night at the Minack
Fantastic setting and a very entertaining show. The staff were brilliant and the social distancing worked well. If you have the opportunity to visit (for a tour or with tickets for a show) don't miss it. It's an amazing place.
Brilliant, a must, the play was excellent
Best open-air theatre ever
I came here back in the 1970's and was fascinated. I came again now and nothing has changed. Where can you say that? Unique place, great artists (we enjoyed Shakespeare), incredible atmosphere. Out of this world! But take warm clothes, it can be cold later!
Amazing place !
We had booked to see a performance months ago as a friend recommended it. We were not disappointed. This is an amazing place.
A wonder to see
£5 each to view a theatre seems steep but when you go through the doors and see the view on a sunny day its well worth it. One of the best views Ive ever seen in Cornwall.
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.
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