Cornwall Tourism Guide

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Porthcurno

Porthcurno in the South of Cornwall has a long history and was once a central point for the world telecommunications industry, all that remains of it now is the Telegraph Museum. Underneath the Telegraph Museum are deep tunnels that were used to house Second World War equipment that was top secret.

To the West of Porthcurno on the cliffs is the Minack open air theatre with wonderful views across the bay. Visitors should see the exhibition centre telling the history of how the theatre company evolved.  The cliff gardens hold some attractive sub tropical rockeries and there is also a café on the site.

There are some wonderful walks along the coastal path and there is a wonderfully unspoilt fishing cove beyond the headland called Penberth Cove, which belongs to the National Trust. Porthcurno Beach is about three miles to the South East of Land’s End and lies in the west corner of Porthcurno Bay. There is a wide footpath that slopes from a car park down to the beach. Across from the car park is a café and in high season there is also a restaurant open. Porthchapel Beach is also reached from the cliff top car park but this is a smaller, quieter beach than Porthcurno itself.

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