Theatre & Gardens Visit

Advance booking essential 7 Aug 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
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The theatre is open daily for visitors, but our opening hours vary.  We stage a large number of daytime performances, especially during holiday periods, so if you wish to look around the theatre, please check our opening times and book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Please book in advance 
Advance booking for visits is essential during holiday periods and we strongly advise that you book your visit in advance at all other times to avoid disappointment. You can book online or by phone (01736 810181).

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.

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

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.  

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, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.  If you want to be sure of catching Billy - please contact the Box Office.

© Lynn Batten

Meet Mr Macaulay

Mr Macaulay played Prospero in The Tempest, the Minack’s first ever production.  80 years later he has returned (performed by actor John Brolly) to recreate his favourite moments from the show.  But he needs your help.  Join him on stage and become a part of his unique performance.

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?

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.

 

Are face coverings still required?

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. 

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, 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.