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Cornwall Road Trip: Land's End and Minack Theatre

6 August 2016

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For the first two nights of our Cornwall trip we decided to base ourselves in Penzance so we could explore the most southerly points of Cornwall with ease. Our first stop on the trip was Land’s End, the most westerly point of England, which was only a 15 minute drive from our Airbnb accommodation.

Entry to Land’s End is free, however there is a small charge for parking and there are four interactive attractions on site (primarily aimed at children) that you can pay to visit.

One of the main things I wanted to see at Land’s End was the famous signpost. I was a little disappointed to find out that access to the signpost is blocked off. If you want to get close to it you can pay to have your photograph taken with the signpost and they’ll also put a customised message on there for you. I wasn’t willing to pay for the privilege so instead just opted to take my own photo from behind the barrier.

There’s plenty of amazing coastal scenery to discover at Land’s End and hiking trails to explore.

There are also some gift shops and cafes on site. I had my first ever Cornish Pasty here although I neglected to photograph it!

The Minack Theatre was next stop, only about a 10 minute drive from Land’s End. The Minack Theatre is a unique open-air theatre built into the cliffside at Porthcurno overlooking the ocean. Parking is free here but there’s a £4.50 charge to visit the theatre.

I’m more than happy to pay the admission charge just to see the incredible view of Porthcurno Beach. Even on a cloudy day the water was still the most beautiful shade of aqua.

The theatre itself is also an impressive site. I’d love to see an actual show here although I think the view might distract a little from the performance.

Essential info

Land’s End is open from 10am daily between March and October.

Minack Theatre is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Opening times are subject to the performance schedule.

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