Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Discover Cornwall hidden story and amazing global connections. Since 1870 Porthcurno has been a hub of global communications and was the largest and busiest telegraph station in the world.

Discover hands-on exhibitions, live demonstrations and step back in time in Porthcurno's famous WW2 tunnels. Gold winner: Museum, Art & Industrial Attraction of the Year 2014, Cornwall Tourism Awards; Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, Cornwall Tourism Awards. Silver winner: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2015, South West Tourism Excellence Awards. Bronze Winner: Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013, South West Tourism Excellence Award

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  • Presentation case of telegraph cable samples from 1870

    Porthcurno's first undersea telegraph cable arrived in 1870 and went to Bombay via Carcavelos, Gibraltar, Malta, Suez and Aden. These cable samples come from that route. The telegraph changed the way we communicate; messages could now cross oceans in minutes rather than months.

  • 'Exiles' sporting trophy from 1924

    There are lots of sporting trophies in our museum, and even more in our archives. As telegraph workers often worked in isolated parts of the world they called themselves 'Exiles', and set up all kinds of sports clubs and competitions.

  • Model of the cable ship 'Edward Wilshaw'

    Cable ships are a big part of our story. Some could carry thousands of miles of telegraph cables which they laid on the ocean floor, and others repaired broken cables. The cable ship Edward Wilshaw was built in 1949 for cable repair and was in use up to the 1970s.

  • Keyboard perforator, part of the 'Regen' telegraph system

    The Regenerator System (Regen) is amongst our star objects because it's still in working order. You can see and hear it whirring and clicking away in the WW2 tunnels. It's actually a group of machines which worked together to boost and resend signals on long-distance cables.

Admission & prices

2015 admission

Adult: £8.50
Child: £5.00 (age 5-16. Under 5's go free)
Family: £22.00 (2 adults + 3 children)
Senior: £7.50
Student: £6.00

FREE return for a year when you Gift Aid your entry at no extra cost to you.

Save 15% on entry with your Minack theatre ticket.

FREE admissions for serving UK military personnel with a valid military ID card.

Pre-booked groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount on entry. To book, call Steve Bladon on 01736 810966.

Museum shop and café are free to visit.

Find us

From Penzance take the Land's End road (A30), turn left to St Buryan, then follow the brown signs to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. The museum car park is opposite the Cable Station Inn.

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Disabled parking is located at the main museum entrance and is signposted from the main road.
Please note that the escape steps in the World War 2 tunnels are not accessible to wheelchair users.

Access to Porthcurno's archive must be booked in advance by contacting the Collections Team: 01736 811918.

For workshops and outreach sessions for schools, colleges and community groups, please contact the Learning Team on 01736 810592.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Eastern House
TR19 6JX

T: 01736 810966

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Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Eastern House

Penzance, CORNWALL TR19 6JX