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Telegraph Museum Porthcurno Penzance, TR19 6JX

About Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

GOLD WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018/19, Cornwall Tourism Awards. Museum, Art & Industrial Attraction 2014/15, Cornwall Tourism Awards.

SILVER WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014/15, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

BRONZE WINNER: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012/13, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018/19, South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Discover Cornwall's best-kept secret at the award-winning Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

Home to an amazing global communications story, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno was once the largest and most important telegraph station in the world. The history of PK goes back to 1870, with the early undersea telegraph cables that first connected the world.

Step back in time and explore PK's secretive underground World War Two tunnels. Hidden behind heavy bomb-proof doors, Porthcurno's extensive wartime tunnels will immerse you in the amazing sights and sounds of a working telegraph station. Climb the escape steps to the viewing platform with amazing views high above Porthcurno valley.

The modern Eastern House galleries provide a completely different experience. Get hands on with a wealth of inspiring activities: crack codes and send Morse code messages, see talks and live demonstrations and be inspired by our interactive technologies and super science experiments.

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.

The Telegrapher's Tearoom and museum shop have lots to offer and are free to visit, whether or not you're visiting the exhibitions. Enjoy homemade cakes and goodies, with plenty of gluten-free options. Food options include delicious sandwiches & freshly baked pasties. For an up to date menu and for seasonal offers go to:

The Telegraph Museum is a 10-minute walk from beautiful Porthcurno beach, and a stone's throw from the world-famous Minack Theatre. All three can comfortably be visited in a single day, making Porthcurno the perfect day out during your visit to Cornwall.

The museum is set within tranquil sub-tropical gardens which are free to visit all year around. Our grounds include an outdoor play area, spacious picnic areas with bench seating and beautiful cultivated and native flowerbeds.

Disabled parking is available on site (pay-and-display applicable to all during summer months) and visitors can enjoy a £2.50 discount on ticket entry (see website for full terms).

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Opening Hours

Winter opening times:
(Saturday 2 November 2019 to Friday 27 March 2020)
Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:30 am to 4 pm (last admission is at 3 pm).

Telegrapher's Tea Room open on these days 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Please note: due to the extremely delicate nature of the equipment in the Cable Hut we regret that it is not possible to open it in poor weather.

Support the work of the Museum and our volunteers by Gift Aiding your ticket on admission. Pay once, Gift Aid and you'll get free admission for the year.

Admission Charges


Family: £26.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-16)
Adult: £9.00
Child: £5.50 (aged 5-16 under 5's go free)
Senior: £8.00
Student: £8.00

Return FREE for a whole year when you Gift Aid your ticket, at no extra cost to you, and help support the work of the museum which is an educational charity (charity no. 1062233)

Groups: 10% discount for pre-booked groups of 10 people or more. To book a group visit please call Steve Bladon on 01736 810966 or email

Information & Contact

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Porthcurno, Penzance
Tel: 01736 810966


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