These are some of the most common questions we are asked about visiting the Minack.  If you don’t find the information you need here or in our Plan your visit section, please contact us

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What time does the Minack car park open?

The Minack car park opens 15 minutes before the first visiting time. Unless there is a morning performance, ticket holders for the first visiting slot will be able to access the car park from 9.45am.

Daytime visitors: you can park her from 30mins before your visit slot time. 
Showgoers: the car park is available 90 mins before the start time of the performance.

Our car park space is limited, so please don't arrive early for your visit, as we may not be able to admit you.

Do I have to book in advance or can I just turn up?

Admission is by timed booking slot only.  Advance booking is essential in all holiday periods and strongly advised at all other times.  If you are a few minutes late arriving, don’t worry, you can be admitted to the theatre within 30 minutes after the time on your ticket.  (If you arrive outside this time interval we cannot guarantee admittance.)

Once inside the theatre you are welcome to spend as long here as you like – but do check our closing times, as there are performances on some days which mean we will close early.


Why are there no morning or afternoon visiting slots on some days?

If there are no visiting slots available then it means there is a performance on stage during the morning or afternoon. Parking and access to the theatre gardens is included in the price of the performance ticket.

What time does the theatre close?

The last entry time for visitors varies depending on whether there is a performance taking place in the afternoon.  The final entry time period commences 1 hour before the theatre closes. Check entry times here VISITING TIMES


What if I miss my arrival time, can I still get in?

You can arrive at any time during the 30 minute slot you have booked.

If you have made an advance booking but arrive outside the 30 minute time slot, admission will be at the discretion of the team managing the theatre capacity.

What if I book an advance ticket but am unable to visit on the day?

If you have a valid admission ticket but have been unable to use it, you will still be eligible for free readmission within 12 months (subject to booking another time slot in advance).   

Can I make a group booking?

Due to ongoing traffic issues within Porthcurno and the surrounding area, we are unable to accommodate large visiting groups.  Bookings for up to 10 people can be purchased online or by calling the box office.  Groups must be booked in advance to guarantee admission.  Please note there is no designated coach parking at the Minack or in Porthcurno.

Can I bring a pram, buggy or car seat into the theatre?

The theatre has steep narrow paths and lots of steps.  We are sorry, prams, buggies and car seats are not permitted in the theatre. 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs on short leads are welcome during visiting hours, but we regret that no dogs other than guide dogs will be admitted to performances.


Can I fly my drone over the Minack?

Drones are not allowed on or above any part of our property except by prior agreement.  Private individuals are not permitted to fly drones from or over the Minack at any time.  Commercial drone use is only permitted as part of a media contract with the Minack. 

Can I put my name on a waiting list for a ticket?

We regret that there are no waiting lists for visitor or performance tickets. 

Does the Minack have a Cafe and do I need to buy a ticket to access it?

Our Cafe serves light refreshments or you can purchase takeaway drinks and snacks from The Terrace coffee shop and in the summer months there is a takeaway kiosk in the car park.  The Cafe and Terrace are for the use of our visitors and audiences only.

We are meeting the Industry Standard for following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, having a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing