Welcome to Porthcurno


But the area is best known for its spectacular clifftop theatre, the Minack, carved out from the granite rock with sweeping views of the Atlantic waves below. Created between the 1930s and 1970s by theatre-lover Rowena Cade, there are few finer places to watch a play than this.

Porthcurno was also once an unlikely hub for transatlantic telecommunications, and a small museum explores the story.


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5-Day Devon and Cornwall Small-Group Tour from London

From London, your five-day Devon and Cornwall tour begins with a relaxing drive through Wessex on your way to the famous stone circle of Stonehenge – your first stop on the tour. On Day 1, you’ll also visit the South Devon coast, where a stunning landscape awaits you, and Exeter, where you’ll stay for two nights in your choice of a three-star bed and breakfast or three-star hotel. On your second day, visit mystic Dartmoor, where you’ll hear spooky stories from your guide, and Tavistock, a beautiful small town. Spend the afternoon and evening in Exeter. Day 3 offers the beauty of Cornwall. Visit the civil parish of Launceston, the Bodmin moor, Golitha Falls, St Neats church and Tintagel Castle. End the day in Falmouth, where you’ll stay for two more nights. On your fourth day, visit the island of St Michaels Mount and beautiful Minack Theatre. Also visit the white sandy beaches of Porthcurno and Penzance. Move on to Land's End, before you head back to Falmouth. On Day 5, visit Glastonbury with its ancient, mythical connections to King Arthur before returning to London. Return to London in the evening. Please note: Breakfast is included in your accommodation; you'll have enough free time to enjoy lunch and dinner on your own. Please note this tour will stay in Torquay instead of Exeter on 15/07/19, 17/07/19, 19/07/2019, 20/07/2019, 13/09/19, 16/09/19, 18/09/19, 20/09/19 and 21/09/19.

$731.16 Multi-day & Extended Tours

South West Experience 5 day (Small Group) tour from London

Day 1Begin your journey through the South Downs National Park to Winchester, home to one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. Then continue through the New Forest to Corfe Castle*. Next, we visit one of England’s most impressive natural wonders, Lulworth Cove. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk to take in the unforgettable views. Our overnight stop is Exmouth**, a traditional coastal resort. With two miles of golden sandy beach and some delicious seafood available, this is a wonderful place to rest. **Please note if Exmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Exeter. Day 2We will journey to Dartmoor National Park. With stunning views, deep wooded valleys, medieval farmhouses and Bronze Age stone circles, this is an incredible park to spend a few hours exploring. We’ll make a stop at the Clapper Bridge at Postbridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock. Sir Francis Drake, the famous sea captain, was born here. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste. Venture behind the Town Hall and you will discover the historic Pannier Market. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.Day 3 After a night in Falmouth, we’ll make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this village, which has retained its original character and charm. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre*. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. You can enjoy a cliff-top walk here and take in the views. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth.Day 4 This morning we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Next, we visit Tintagel, birthplace of King Arthur, and a place to get lost in the myths of the past. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an harbour village! We continue to Ilfracombe for more impressive coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol**, home to Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge – free to walk and offering views of the Avon Gorge. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars. **Please note if Bristol is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to the city of Bath.Day 5 Our final day takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages. You’ll spend the afternoon in Oxford, aptly nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold. This city is bustling and beautiful yet still holds clusters of tranquillity amongst the 38 colleges that you can explore here. We’ll enjoy an afternoon here to take in the buildings this city has to offer before we return to London. *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.

$1281.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Best of England and Wales 9 day (Small Group) tour from London

Begin the journey south west through the South Downs National Park to Winchester. Then continue through the New Forest to Corfe Castle*. Next, we visit Lulworth Cove. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk. Our overnight stop is Exmouth. After a leisurely start, we will journey to Dartmoor National Park. Look out for the famous Dartmoor ponies! We’ll make a stop at the famous Clapper Bridge at Postbridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste and need. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights. Today we make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this beautiful little fishing village. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre*. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth. This morning we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Next, we visit Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an unspoiled harbour village. We continue to Ilfracombe for more coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol**. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars to enjoy in the evening. Day five takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester, then on to some of the smaller villages. We’ll continue on to Ironbridge, a village perched on the River Severn. Our overnight stop is the pretty English city of Chester.  After a leisurely start in Chester, we’ll then head west to Wales to drive the Llanberis Pass and revel in the mountainous scenery. Snowdonia National Park is full of wild landscapes. We’ll also visit Conwy, a walled market town home to Conwy Castle*. You can explore narrow cobbled streets and take in views of the Thomas Telford Suspension Bridge that leads up to the Castle before we return to Chester. Today is The Peak District National Park. We’ll stop in the town of Buxton, then make our way to Bakewell. Another highlight is the stately home of Chatsworth House - set in idyllic gardens. We’ll spend our third evening in York. A day to explore York. You can choose what you‘d like to visit, perhaps York Minster*, or the Shambles. The day is free for you to do as you please with an optional walking tour. After a second evening in York, we’ll head south to Newark-on-Trent, which you’ll have ample time to explore. We’ll continue south to Cambridge, a famous University city. You can even enjoy an iconic punt down the River Cam, and view the University buildings from the river. We then return to London.

$1945.29 Day Trips & Excursions

Ultimate UK Experience 12 day (Small Group) tour from London

Start the journey through South Downs National Park to Winchester. Continue on through the New Forest to Corfe Castle, then to Lulworth Cove. Overnight in Exmouth. We visit Dartmoor National Park before stopping at Clapper Bridge. Lunch in Tavistock before continuing through Bodmin Moor and arriving in Falmouth, where you spend 2 nights. Visit Mousehole before continuing on to Porthcurno and visiting Minack Theatre. Then we visit Lands End and St Ives before returning to Falmouth. Making our way to Port Isaac before visiting Tintagel we will then arrive in Boscastle for lunch. We then continue on to Ilfracombe before arriving in Bristol where we spend the ngiht.

$669.45 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Full-Day Tour of Poldark Filming Locations from Cornwall

Your tour begins at your local hotel, where you’ll board a private vehicle and greet your guide. During the scenic drive to Cornwall’s coast, your guide shares insider knowledge and fascinating facts about the hit BBC TV series. Stop first at Charlestown Harbour, an unspoiled Georgian port used as the location for Truro Harbour in the show. From here, proceed to Penberth Cove, a picturesque fishing cove that you’re sure to recognize from series two of Poldark. Then, travel to Porthcurno and enjoy sweeping vistas of Pedn Vounder beach, featured in series one and two. Capture photographs of this scenic location, considered one of Cornwall’s most iconic photo spots, before you arrive at Porthgwarra and your guide contextualizes the site.  You’ll then have the opportunity to purchase lunch in a restaurant recommended by your guide before heading to the beautifully preserved mining town of Botallack. Feast your eyes on Botallack Manor, a farmhouse used as Ross Poldark’s home, and then wind your way along the scenic coastal road to St. Ives. Bid your guide farewell after drop-off at your local Cornish hotel.

$395.77 Cultural & Theme Tours

Poldark West Cornwall Tour

This tour to the far western shores of Cornwall is a journey into a magical landscape, unlike any other in Cornwall. Here we can visit the iconic granite cliffs and soft, white sand of secluded beaches with their turquoise waters used in many of the scenes from the Poldark series. We will start the tour at Marazion where we can get some fantastic photographs of St Michael’s Mount before heading around Mount’s Bay and driving through Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole and onto Penberth Cove Penberth Cove has been used throughout the Poldark series and is completely unspoilt, even retaining it’s capstan at the top of a cobbled slipway. Minack Theatre We will also visit the astounding Minack Theatre, the lifetime’s work of Rowena Cade and Porthcurno where submarine transatlantic telegraph cables come ashore below the sands of this idyllic beach. Porthgwarra This timeless fishing cove is also worth a visit, instantly recognisable as the secluded beach where Ross takes a swim in the crystal clear water, watched by Demelza from the cliff top.After taking in the beautiful beaches and coves we will head to the historic mines near St Just and try to imagine how life would have been for the Cornish miners hundreds of years ago. Botallack The iconic Botallack with it’s famed Crowns engine houses perched at the foot of the cliffs, these were used as Wheal Grambler in the Poldark series, Just along the magnificent cliffs we can also visit Wheal Owles, used as Wheal Leisure in the series.One of the best drives in the UK then follows as we head to St Ives, passing alongside Zennor on the way.

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