There aren’t many things better than a sunny afternoon spent in one of Cornwall’s beautiful gardens, and thanks to the region’s mild climate you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of places to visit. So we’ve decided to give you a helping hand by tracking down our favourite gardens in all of Cornwall, take a look and see which one you fancy stopping off at.
Tucked away in a peaceful valley not too far from the hustle and bustle of Falmouth, Trebah is the perfect place to escape for an afternoon of tranquillity. Boasting around four miles of pathway, over 25 acres of stunning sub-tropical garden and even a private beach looking out over the River Helford, Trebah is one of the most picturesque spots in Cornwall.
Between the Bamboozle Maze, Tarzans Camp and Fort Stuart, it’s safe to say that the little ones will love a trip to Trebah, as will any four legged members of the family with dogs welcome all year round. Then there’s the Planters Café, the perfect place to finish off your visit thanks to the beautiful, locally sourced grub!
Address: Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ
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With around 30 acres of elevated garden set across Trelissick’s own little peninsula in the Fal estuary, this garden is definitely the spot for you if you’re after some stunning views. Owned and maintained by the National Trust since 1955, Trelissick is home to beautiful hydrangeas, rhododendrons and camellias amongst countless other varieties of flowers for you to wander through and admire.
Then there’s the 300 acre estate for you to explore. Made up of sections of stunning coastline, alongside sweeping countryside and woodlands, it’s the perfect place to while away a day in the Cornish sunshine. What’s more, dogs are welcome all year around at Trelissick and whilst you can’t take them into the garden section, you’re free to explore the 120 hectare of estate with the pooch.
Address: Trelissick Garden, Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
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Then we’ve got Trengwainton. Located in Madron, just outside of Penzance, Trengwainton is another of the National Trust’s stunning Cornish properties. Thanks to the perfect microclimate caused by the nearby gulf stream and the garden’s southerly aspect, Trengwainton is one of the few places in the UK capable of growing a variety of exotic plants and flowers.
In all, Trengwainton has over 25 acres of stunning garden to be explored as well as plenty of things designed to keep the kids occupied, from special children’s trails right the way through to den building days. What’s more, if you’re all feeling a bit peckish after your wander through the gardens, you can always head down to the Trengwainton Tearooms, one of the finest cafes in all of Cornwall.
Address: Trengwainton Gardens, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Dating all the way back to the Tremayne family of the 16th century, the gardens at Heligan House sadly fell into disrepair in the second half of the last century before a group of local gardeners restored them to their former glory in the 90s.
These days, the Lost Gardens have National Collection Holder status thanks to their collection of rare and wonderful plants, not to mention being home to Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit and even a jungle complete with Britain’s longest Burmese rope bridge. Pooches are welcome all year round at the Lost Gardens but they do have to be kept on the lead to avoid frightening the livestock that call Heligan home.
Address: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
So there you have it, some of Sykes’ favourite Cornish gardens. Hopefully this will have inspired you to take a trip down to Cornwall for your next break but don’t forget to take a look through our other guides below if you need further convincing.