In Brief

Classification: Coastal village
Twinned with: No-one
Population: Around 500
Notable former residents: Tough one but the British philosopher Bertrand Russell used to spend his summer holidays in Porthcurno in the 1920s, so we’re having that
Films shot in town: The ‘Poldark’ TV series. Say no more
Interesting factoid: Porthcurno’s telegraphic code is PK, hence PK Porthcurno


It’s a pretty bizarre place is Porthcurno. Not weird as in some Cornish myths. We mean it’s bizarre that it’s a small coastal village with just a few hundred people that’s home to more attractions than you can shake a stick of rock at. Under seven miles away from Penzance and just 2.5 miles away from Land’s End, the village lies on the Cornish south coast and is the perfect base for exploring the county’s most southerly and westerly areas. And that means exploring incredible beaches, unique coastal walks and tin mining history that stretches as far as you can see. Then there’s PK Porthcurno, which celebrates this little village’s big role from the 1870s as a telegraph pioneer, with cables stretching all the way to India from these shores. And then there’s the stunning Minack Theatre that dramatically clings to the cliffs. We could go on but, well, just read below. Porthcurno should have your attention now…