Admission to the site is now by advance booking of a specific time slot only.
Facilities will be limited during this challenging time. The shop, cafe and exhibition centre will not be open, but takeaway catering will be available and we will be selling gifts from a temporary facility in the car park.
The Minack is built on a cliff side. The site includes lots of steep steps. There is access for wheelchairs and disabled visitors to the top levels of the site, toilets and a balcony with great views over the theatre and the bay.
Due to the terrain, there is no disabled access to the stage or the lower levels of the auditorium. See our Accessibility page for more information.
The Minack is built on a granite cliffside, sloping steeply down to the sea, and looking out over Porthcurno Bay towards craggy headlands and the Lizard peninsula on the horizon. The theatre faces South East across the mouth of the English Channel, an area rich with wildlife and a wonderful place to experience the wild beauty of the Cornish coast.
When there is no show on, you can explore the open air theatre itself, stand on the stage (even declaim a bit if you wish!), investigate the backstage paths and gaze down into the watery depths of the narrow 'zawn' almost under your feet. Enjoy our beautiful subtropical gardens and admire the extraordinary carvings around the theatre, all etched by Rowena Cade using only a rusty screwdriver. Raise your eyes from the theatre and look out to sea, where the waves surge around the Logan Rock and the gannets dive from heady heights into the foam. You may be lucky enough to spot a seal bobbing around the rocks, or a school of dolphins making their way down channel. Sometimes you may catch a workshop or a rehearsal in progress and you are welcome to watch.
COVID-19: When we reopen it is very unlikely that the Exhibition will be accessible so we have added a virtual visit for you to enjoy.
Experience Living History
On Saturdays during the spring and summer you might find yourself face to face with the Minack's past as actor Mark Harandon brings to life the building of the theatre through the eyes of Billy Rawlings, Rowena Cade's gardener and assistant.
COVID-19: During the lockdown Mark has created a series of 'Billy at home' films telling us more about Minack in 'the old days'. Enjoy.