Theatre & Gardens Visit

Advance booking advisable 17 Jan 2022 - 28 Feb 2022
Select arrival date and time

Winter opening hours
From November to early March, the theatre is open for visits Friday - Tuesday from 10am.  Last admission may vary. The theatre is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

About your visit
Admission to the Minack is by advance booking of a specific time slot.

The site includes lots of steep steps.  There is access for wheelchairs and disabled visitors to the top levels, 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. 

The Minack is a working theatre and there is often something happening on stage even when there isn't a  performance.  You will often be able to watch a workshop or a rehearsal in progress, or you may see a set being built for the next production.

When there is nothing 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.  

Please book in advance 
We strongly advise that you book a time slot for your visit in advance. You can book online or by phone (see below for our box office hours).

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 please check our closing times, as there are performances on some days which mean we will close early.

What to expect when you get here
Our priority is to ensure that everyone has a great experience at our beautiful theatre and to protect the wellbeing of all our staff and visitors.  There may be times when you have to queue - we ask you to be patient and respectful of other visitors and our staff. We recommend the wearing of face coverings in indoor spaces. 

Making payments
We ask all visitors to respect our cashless and paperless system.

Group Bookings
Due to ongoing traffic issues within Porthcurno and the surrounding area, we are unable to accommodate large visiting groups in 2022.  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.

Moving Heaven and Earth
Look out for actor Mark Harandon, who recreates the character of Rowena Cade's gardener, Billy Rawlings, and shares stories of working with Miss Cade and how the Minack was built.  

Moving Heaven & Earth happens on Saturdays at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.  If you want to be sure of catching Billy - please contact the Box Office.

© Lynn Batten

Dial up an audio tour
Access our online audio tour on your phone to guide you round the theatre at your own pace.  

Got a question? Find out more below

What time does the Minack car park open?

The Minack car park opens 15 minutes before the first visiting time.  So, unless there is a morning performance, ticket holders for the first visiting slot will be able to access the car park from 9.45am.  Our car park space is limited, so please don't arrive too 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?

To help us keep you safe and enable social distancing, you must book a time slot for your visit in advance.  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 her as you like – but do check our closing times, as there are performances on some days which mean we will close early.

 

What measures will be in place to keep me safe during COVID?

We will take all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and to promote social distancing throughout the site.  These include:

  • Roped and/or socially distanced queueing systems will be in place where necessary.
  • Perspex screening will be used at all retail and information points.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for visitors at the entrance to the toilets.
  • Toilets and handrails throughout the theatre will be cleaned regularly.
  • All equipment and work surfaces will be regularly cleaned.

Will I need to wear a mask?

We ask visitors to wear face coverings while in the toilets, cafe and exhibition, if possible.  We also recommend their use when in close proximity to other people – e.g. when moving about the theatre. 

Will I need to show proof of vaccination when I visit?

No, we do not require you to have proof of vaccination.

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.
 

 

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).   

What if I’m unwell?

If you or anyone in your household is unwell, please do not visit the Minack.  Your admission ticket makes you eligible for free readmission within 12 months. 

Can I bring a pram or buggy into the theatre?

The theatre has steep narrow paths and lots of steps.  We are sorry, prams and buggies 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. 

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