Visit Porthcurno and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Porthcurno, Cornwall, has an exceptional beach of almost white sand, and would be worth visiting just to see the open-air Minack theatre, even if you cannot attend a performance. The Minack is the nearest thing in Britain to an ancient Greek theatre and probably even the Greeks never managed a grander site, hewn from the face of granite-slab cliffs, some 200 ft above the waves. Its creation was the inspiration of Miss Rowena Cade, whose little terrace rock garden, older than the theatre, is also cut out of the cliffs beside it, and was largely built by her and two men in six months in 1932. In that year the theatre staged The Tempest. Its summer season productions since have ranged from King Lear, to The Hostage, to West Side Story. Some later, concrete additions to the theatre have been made, but so well has it been cut and weathered that it is often hard to distinguish from stone. All box-office takings and sixpences in the box provided go to maintenance and expenses.
About ½ mile West of the Minack, the parish church, St Levan's, is pretty, with some finely carved 15th century bench-ends and lower half of a rood-screen, and several crosses in its churchyard made beautiful by grey-green lichen.
Porthgwarra 4 miles further West but about 2¾ miles round by car, is as undefaced as any cove accessible by car on the Penwith peninsula. A tunnel through the cliffs leads from its few and attractive cottages to the base of a steep hard, up which small boats are winched. About ¼ mile West is a great crater in the cliff-top about 100 yds across and 80 ft deep.
From Treen, a nice hamlet about 1½ miles East of Porthcurno, a walk of about 1 mile leads to a famous logan stone on the cliffs. In 1824 a boisterous naval lieutenant unperched it and was made to replace it at his own expense. It now takes some moving; but the cliffs make the walk worthwhile.
One mile North of St Buryan is the Boscawen-un, the most famous of Cornish prehistoric stone circles, with 19 stones standing round a leaning pillar. It is where the Gorsedd of the Bards of Cornwall is sometimes held. A footpath South from the A30 leads in about ¼ mile to it.
Near Drift, 1½ miles North West of here, is Cam Euny, an ancient ruined settlement and fine fogou.
Nearby towns: Newlyn, Penzance, St Just in Penwith
Nearby villages: Botallack, Gulval, Lands End, Lower Boscaswell, Ludgvan, Madron, Marazion, Morvah, Mousehole, Paul, Pendeen, Perranuthnoe, Sancreed, Sennen, Sennen Cove, St. Buryan, St. Levan, Towednack, Treen, Zennor
Have you decided to visit Porthcurno or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Porthcurno bed and breakfast (a Porthcurno B&B or Porthcurno b and b)
- a Porthcurno guesthouse
- a Porthcurno hotel (or motel)
- a Porthcurno self-catering establishment, or
- other Porthcurno accommodation