Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Eastern House Porthcurno Penzance Cornwall TR19 6JX

Most visitors who head as far west as Porthcurno do so for its beach, whose white sands and rugged cliffs epitomise the wild beauty of Cornwall. Or they might come to visit the Minack Theatre. However, often overlooked on a trip to this remote seafront village is the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, which marks what was once the world’s biggest submarine telegraph station and the location of its first undersea cable, laid in 1870. Step inside and you'll find family quiz trails, secret WWII tunnels and interactive exhibits. Not only will you learn all about Cornwall’s history at the forefront of world communications, but also gain a fascinating insight into the technology of the cable networks behind today's internet phenomenon. Outside there's a Sci-Art sculpture garden (free to visit year-round) and tennis courts – and of course you can always dash out onto the pearly sands of the beach.

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