Gardens, Jewels in the Crown of Cornwall

Gardens, Jewels in the Crown of Cornwall

Cornwall is well known for its rugged coastline and golden beaches, but it also has some of the finest gardens in the country and arguably the world. With its temperate climate many varieties of plants, shrubs and trees thrive when elsewhere they just wouldn’t survive.

Here at Cornish Holiday we are passionate about Cornwall and all things Cornish and wanted to let you know about some of the fantastic gardens which are well worth visiting while you are in this fantastic county. Many have coffee shops and things to do for the children so they can be a real family adventure.

A favourite of ours is Glendurgan which is managed by the National Trust. Not only does this have a wonderful maze to get lost in but at the bottom of the garden you arrive at Durgan on the Helford River where you can get an ice cream and dibble your toes, if you so wish.

Date: 24th August 2020


Trerice National Trust Property.   (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

Durgan on the Helford River. (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

Cornwall’s beautiful Gardens.


Glendurgan Gardens and the Mud Maid at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Gardens are great places to visit and different every time you go.  With the changing weather forcing plants on  early in the year and with the warmth of Summer and the frosts of winter every time you visit, whichever garden you choose will be truly unique.

Did you know that Cornwall has 30 Gardens you can visit and all are worth a trip.  From Heligan to the Isles of Scilly all will be a treat to see.  So why not take a journey into the gardens of Cornwall and see just what you can discover.


Trebah Garden (Credit – Visit Cornwall – Matt Jessop)

St Michaels Mount (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden – St Ives – This garden is a peaceful oasis of art and nature taking time away from the bustling town of St Ives. Open all year – check website for full details.

Bosvigo Gardens – Truro – has a small walled garden along with woodland copse. There are many rare and unusual plants to see. Also a small nursery with a good selection of plants.
Open – March to September. – check the website for full details.

Burncoose Gardens & Nurseries – Near Redruth – Approximately a 30 acre site with specialities such as Camelias, Magnolias, and Rhododendrons. Open 15th April – 13th September but always check the website before visiting.

Caerhays Castle on the Roseland Peninsula – attributed to J.C Williams who scoured the World for exotic species such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias and Camellias.
Only open from March – May this is when the gardens are at their best. Check the website for full details.

The Eden Project – St Austell – Opened in 2001 and claims the title of the World’s largest greenhouse. It’s divided into two ‘biomes’ which are interconnected these are divided into Tropical and Mediterranean.
Open all year, check the website for opening times. A combined ticket can also be purchased with The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Glendurgan – Near Falmouth – A fantastic garden that leads down to the sea. It has numerous breathtaking viewpoints looking over the Helford river and a walk to the bottom will take you to the pretty fishing village of Durgan. Numerous Rhododendron, Magnolias, Camellias and Hydrangeas can be found along with features such the laurel maze, the ‘old school’ and Holy Corner. The National Trust manage the gardens but the house remains private.  Open March – October but check the National Trust website for times.

Godolphin House & Gardens – Godolphin Cross – Probably the oldest surviving formal garden in the country (around 700 years old). Explore the gardens medieval pathways which lead to the side garden and its original layout with 3 compartments still in existence. It has a lovely atmosphere with much of the garden to be restored over the coming years including the 16th and 17th century ponds. Open March – December but check the National Trust website for times.

The Japanese Garden – St Mawgan – A garden of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features. Enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space.  Open March – October 7 days a week. Check the website for times.

Lanhydrock House & Gardens – Bodmin – The main plant collection is young but links to the Victorian theme. There are Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias throughout the gardens and hillside, these are at their best in Spring and early Summer. Woodland walks among rare trees and flowering shrubs make it a worthwhile visit any time of the year. Open all year – check the National Trust website for opening hours.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – near St Austell – These are one of Britain’s most famous restorations in recent years. Rescued from a wilderness they have now become a must visit for all gardeners to see. Heligan is a garden for all seasons from a visit in the busy summer season or the more tranquil winter months, you will be guaranteed a unique experience.  Open all year (except Christmas Day), check the website for times.

Pencarrow House & Gardens – Nr Bodmin – 50 acres of beautiful historic formal and woodland gardens are approached by a mile long drive, flanked by Rhododendrons, Camellias and blue Hydrangeas. The gardens have around 700 different types of Rhododendrons and many unusual flowering shrubs. The best time to visit is around mid June. Open March – October. Check the website for full opening times.

Pinetum Park & Gardens – St Austell – Pinetum is a place of peace and tranquillity. With over 30 acres of beautiful gardens featuring over 5000 plants within 10 themed gardens. Take a stroll around the gardens and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy the sound of birdsong and marvel in the nature that surrounds you.
Open all year (except Christmas Day) please check the website for timings. 10% discount offered to National Trust members.

St Michaels Mount – Nr Penzance – A semi sub tropical garden which paritally surrounds a medieval castle and church. The castle is set on a rocky island about half a mile from the mainland and can be reached by a causeway or by ferry if the tide is in. Part of the gardens are on the terraces climbing up around 200 feet, these were built around the 1870’s. A great day out for all ages.  Gardens open April – September, Castle open March – October. Please check the National Trust website for full information and make sure you check the tide times.

Trebah Gardens – Nr Falmouth – A magical Sub-tropical Cornish garden with four miles of footpaths that wind through exotic planting. A private beach and endless secret corners to be discovered by all ages. This is a perfect destination for families and a lovely day out for all ages.  Open all year. Please check the website for opening times.

Trengwaiton Gardens – Nr Penzance – A garden that has many exotic plants which were imported from the Far East including Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons which line the drive. Woodland walks through tree fern glades and an impressive walled kitchen garden. Trengwaiton is a garden not to miss.
Open March – October (closed Fridays and Saturdays) please check the National Trust website for full opening hours.

Trerice Manor House & Garden – Nr Newquay – A great place to visit near Newquay best seen in the summer. Peaceful gardens set around an Elizabethan Manor House in a delightful setting. A range of rare and unusual plants, shrubs and climbers can be seen.  Open March – October, limited times November and December. Please check the National Trust website for full details.

Trebah Gardens (Credit – Cornish Holiday – Matt Jessop)

Lanhydrock Garden (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

Trengwainton (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

The Giants Head at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Credit – Cornish Holiday)

Come and see  for yourself.
Whatever the weather or season gardens are unique every time. There are many other gardens not featured that are worth exploring, we just wanted to give you an idea of how glorious Cornwall is whatever the season.

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