Gardens and Houses in Cornwall

Cornwall is everyone’s  favourite destination for gardens which are at their best in the springtime when Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons begin to flower.

The weather in Cornwall is mild and wet in Winter, and warm in summer with a little more rain than the rest of the country which goes a long way in helping our wonderful gardens. We have suggested some of our favourite gardens below to help you make the most of your visit to Cornwall.

eden-project-in-cornwallThe Eden Project – One of the UK’s most popular garden conservation tourist attractions. With its world famous architecture and its global gardens, the Eden Project makes a great day out whatever the weather.

In addition to the amazing Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, about three quarters of the Eden Project’s planting is based outside in thirteen hectares of grounds.

The Eden Project has gardens that change from season to season providing horticultural attractions for visitors all year round.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

This award-winning garden restoration is well worth a visit and caters well for families of all ages.

The Lost Gardens are open every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for your enjoyment and exploration.

It is one of the most unique and fascinating places to visit in Cornwall, with an incredible 200 acres of gardens and estate awaiting your exploration.

For more inforamtion about events see their website.

pencarrow-house-and-gadens Pencarrow House and Gardens

Friendly family home privately owned by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family which is set in 50 acres of formal and woodland gardens. Ideal for families and dog owners.

The gardens are open daily from 1st March to 31st October from 9.30am until 5.30pm, and the house, which is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 5pm, can be visited by guided tour only with the last tour of the house departing at 3pm. The Pencarrow estate features a mile long drive through an Iron Age Fort, flanked by huge rhododendrons, blue hydrangeas and specimen conifers.

The house itself is Georgian with a superb collection of pictures, furniture, porcelain and some antique dolls. The garden is Grade II listed. Sir Arthur Sullivan stayed here in 1882 and composed the music for ‘Iolanthe’. You can enjoy marked walks through beautiful woodland gardens, past a Victorian rockery, Italian and American gardens, lake and ice house.

lanhydrock-house-and-gardens Lanhydrock House & Gardens

A large late Victorian country mansion home with extensive grounds over the river Fowey.

It is now under the management of the National Trust.

This is a very popular attraction and offers a two hour tour through 50 rooms in the house.

trebah-gardens Trebah Gardens

Trebah is Celtic for ‘The House on the Bay’.

The Gardens have origins dating back to the Doomsday Book and were first laid out as a 26 acre pleasure garden by Charles Fox.

trevarno-gardens Trevarno Gardens & the National Museum of Gardening

Over 70 acres of enchanting gardens and grounds featuring one of Cornwal’s largest and most divere plant collections set within magnificent formal, informal and woodland areas.

The gardens include numerous specimen shrubs and trees, a stunning bluebell valley, ornamental lake with picturesque Victorian Boathouse and formal cascade, Sunken Italian Garden, Serpentine Yew Tunnel, extensive Pinetum, Bamboo collection, atmospheric Rockery and Grotto, the Great Lawn and Summer Terrac plus many other interesting features.

Following Cornwall’s successful application during 2006 to become recognised and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Trevarno Estate has been selected as an official World Heritage Site visitor attraction.

trwithen-gardensTrewithen Gardens

An historic private estate boasting one of the loveliest gardens in England.

It has a magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias, it has wonderful woodland walks and a heritage family home.

mount-edgcumbe-gardenMount Edgcumbe Gardens

One of only three Grade I listed gardens in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the only one open to the public all year round.

It has over 7 acres of beautifully maintained gardens set in the dramatic landscape of the Rame Peninsula on the 865 acre estate.

lamorran-house-gardens Lamorran House Gardens

Lamorran is said to be the most northerly Palm Garden in the world having over 35 species of palms with over 200 specimens.

The Garden is laid out in Mediterranean style with many streams, bridges and water features.

bonython-estate-garden Bonython Estate Gardens

Situated on the Lizard Peninsula, the Gardens have been recently remodeled and include a contemporary water feature around the delightful Georgian Manor, an eighteenth century Walled Garden with colour-themed herbaceous borders, a Potager with picking flowers and ornamental vegetables and Orchard filled with Cornish apple trees, through parkland to a series of small lakes in a sheltered valley.

tresco-abbey-gardenTresco Abbey Garden

Located on the Isles of Scilly, the Garden has plants from five different continents under the influence of a Mediterranean and maritime climate.

Day trips are available by sea and by helicopter from Penzance.

The gardens are open all year round.

japanese-garden-newquayJapanese Garden

Located near Newquay. The Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery is an authentic Japanese garden with many of the traditional features. Not a large garden but an enjoyable change of pace.

trelissick-gardenTrelissick Garden

Trellissick National Trust. South of Truro so about an hour and a half, or for a change of pace take the ferryboat from Truro or Falmouth. You walk the steep path from the river jetty and enjoy parkland and gardens with views up the River Fal to Carrick Roads