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PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications Penzance, TR19 6JX

About PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global Communications

PK Porthcurno is a multi-award winning museum experience that explores the story of how the world connects. From 1870 when the first undersea telegraph cable from India came ashore here, to the fibre optic cables which carry virtually all our communications today, the sands of Cornwall's most idyllic beach hide one of the world's greatest communications secrets. In its iconic white buildings, PK Porthcurno is an inspiring celebration of the pioneering achievements of unsung heroes, and the power of human ingenuity in the quest to connect people and places. Here they transformed the way the world connects. PK Porthcurno is a must for everyone who want to understand how a once uninhabited valley in Cornwall became the heart of worldwide communication.

Go underground and explore the top-secret bunker that hid the Porthcurno Telegraph Station in World War II, where Allied communications were protected by armed guard and bomb-proof doors. Climb the steps through the escape tunnel to the viewing platform with an amazing outlook high above Porthcurno valley.

Discover an unfolding history from the first undersea telegraph cables to the wonder of modern fibre optics. Explore the science, the people and the global connections that make up the world of modern-day communications.

Enjoy a selection of fresh, great-tasting food at Café PK with a wide range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Please note that in line with government guidance on Covid-19, Cafe PK will be take-away only during 2020.

Make a day of it! Our museum stands beside one of Britain's most spectacular beaches and the world famous Minack open-air theatre, making a visit to Porthcurno the perfect family day out. Walkers can enjoy spectacular views around Porthcurno from the South West Coast Path, from the Minack to Logan Rock, taking in PK Porthcurno on the way.

Relax in our beautiful sub-tropical gardens and enjoy our wildflower planting scheme, created as part of our work with the Eden Project to increase biodiversity in the valley.

Disabled parking is available on site. Pay-and-display parking is available to all - card only.

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Opening Hours

PK Porthcurno is reopening on Thursday 10th September!

Visitor numbers will be strictly limited and pre-booking is strongly recommended. Please call our booking line on 01736 811913 for more information.

1st September 2020 to 1st November 2020
Open daily 10am to 5pm

Winter opening times:
2nd November 2020 to 27th March 2021
Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:30am to 4pm

Last admission is one hour before close.

Cafe PK is open on these days 10:30am to 3:30pm

Please note: In poor weather it is not possible to open The Cable Hut by the beach because of the extremely delicate nature of the equipment inside.

Admission Charges

To celebrate our 150th anniversary, museum admission is FREE for 2020. Please note that PK Porthcurno is a registered charity and donations are welcome to help support our charitable and educational work.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome between September and the end of June.

Pre-booking is essential. Please see our website for details.

Information & Contact

PK Porthcurno, Eastern House
Porthcurno, Penzance
Tel: 01736 810966


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