Gardens in Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley

Home to two of Cornwall’s most beloved National Trust properties and gardens, Bodmin and the surrounding area may not be the most famous area for gardens in the county, but still has plenty to offer. Discover the popular gardens in the area in our guides.

Lanhydrock House and gardensGardens and Lanhydrock Church by Derek Winterburn is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Highlights: popular gardens in Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley

Cotehele National Trust House and Gardens

High above the River Tamar, just north of the town of Saltash, you’ll find the Tudor house of Cotehele – and its beautiful formal garden and orchard.

Open all year round, the gardens offer plenty to see at any time – from the spring flowers and herbaceous borders, through the beautiful reds and oranges of the trees in autumn, to the snowdrops in winter.

Together, the gardens and orchard cover 23 acres. From the formal garden terraces and the pond of the Upper Garden, head through the tunnel to the Valley Garden. Here, you’ll find rhododendrons and azaleas, plus the Victorian summer house, medieval dovecote and a tiny chapel. Head further downhill and you’ll find Cotehele Quay on the riverbank, where Shamrock – the only surviving Tamar sailing barge – can be seen on certain open days. The greater estate is dog-friendly, but only assistance dogs are allowed in the house and formal gardens itself.

Lanydrock National Trust House and Gardens

A favourite National Trust property in Cornwall, Lanydrock offers both cultivated formal gardens and a wider estate of ancient woodlands and pathways by the river.

Just outside Bodmin itself, the 17th Century Lanhydrock Garden is famous for its collection of magnolias, which includes over 120 different varieties. The grand parterre around the grand Victorian house features neatly planted colourful beds, and there are plenty of scenic spots to stop for a picnic throughout the gardens.

The surrounding Lanhydrock estate covers a huge 1,000 acres. Explore the parkland and woods to spot many different types of trees, fungi and wildlife. Dogs are welcome on the estate – walking maps can be picked up from the gatehouse – but not in the house or formal gardens.

Private garden: Pinsla Garden and Nursery

Just east of Bodmin is the private garden of Pinsla. A two acre garden set around a fairy tale cottage, Pinsla is small and quiet and surrounded by woodland. The garden features lots of different sections navigable by stone and cobbled pathways, including an orchard, rhododendron camp, a cottage garden, ponds and a stone circle.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome, and the garden is generally open from the end of February to the end of October. The adjacent nursery is free to enter and offers a wide range of plants for keen gardeners to purchase.

Find out more about the gardens waiting to be explored in Cornwall in our guides below.

At a glance

Visit the National Trust’s Cotehele gardens for a traditional historical garden experience – with the added bonus of a walk down to Cotehele Quay and riverbank

Lanhydrock (another National Trust property) offers both a formal 17th Century garden and around 1,000 acres of woodland estate and parkland to explore

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