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

Escape Stairs
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Eastern House

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 guards 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. 

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. Parking is pay-on-exit; machine accepts cash and card payments.

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Opening Hours

17 May - 31 October
Open Daily, 10:00 - 17:00

1 November 2021 - 8 April 2022*
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
10:30 - 16:00

*Please note the following exceptions to 2021/22 Winter Opening Times

14 - 27 December

28 - 31 December
10:30 - 16:00

1 - 7 January

19 - 28 February
10:30 - 16:00

Cafe PK is open on these days, and closes 30 minutes prior to the museum closing.

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

£9.00 Adult
£5.50 Children under 18 (under 5s are free)
£8.00 Student
£26.00 Family (2 adults and up to three under 18s)
50% discount to National Trust members
50% discount to English Heritage members
50% discount to Blue Light Card Holders
50% discount to people arriving by bus

Well-behaved dogs are welcome all year, but are not permitted into the WWII bunker due to the sensitive nature of the equipment on display.

Please book 24 hours in advance of your visit. Book your visit online via our website.

Information & Contact

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


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