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.
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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PK PORTHCURNO WILL BE CLOSED FROM TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO REOPEN.
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WHEN WE REOPEN:
Visitor numbers will be strictly limited and we ask visitors to book at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. Please use our online booking system.
28 - 31 December
Open Daily, 10:30 - 16:00
13 February - 26 March
Open Daily, 10:30 - 16:00
27 March - 31 October
Open Daily, 10:00 - 17:00
Last admission one hour before close
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.
To celebrate our 150th anniversary, museum admission is FREE until March 2021. 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.
Please book 24 hours in advance of your visit. Book your visit online via our website.
Information & Contact
PK Porthcurno, Eastern House
Tel: 01736 810966
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