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5 Cornish Gardens To Explore


Today we're sharing with you our favourite gardens in Cornwall. There's plenty of beautiful places to explore and discover, so let's find out the top spots not to be missed!

The Eden Project


"The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future"

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most breath-taking tourist attractions and a location simply not to be missed. Once a sterile clay mine, it’s now a fully outstanding and world class global garden located in Boldera.

A perfect family filled adventure awaits you, with something new to discover around every single corner. Follow miles of path, explore and discover rainbow garden displays all year round. It’s a real treat for all of your senses as you make your way through the beautiful garden.

Kids will adore The Spiral Garden, an enclosed garden perfect for children to explore. They can discover the magic behind plant life, including carnivorous Venus flytraps and the squirting cucumber, which bursts open and shoots its seeds to a crazy eight metres!

An exciting day out for the entire family, filled with new experiences and the creation of memories. You could spend all day here becoming inspired by The Eden Project; you'll be surrounded by outstanding Biomes, rainforests and learning the ways of sustainable living.

Trebah Gardens


"A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Open every day of the year, from 10am"

Trebah Gardens, hidden amongst the beauty of Mawnan Smith, is a sub-tropical valley garden. Reaching 25 acres, there’s plenty of exceptional sights to feast your eyes upon.

Follow four miles of footpath through endless vibrant colours and exotic blooms. Experience the magic of the garden as you head down towards Trebah’s secluded beach.

You’ll escape tunnels of colour as you find yourself at Polgwidden Cove. This majestic beach is situated among the Helford River, take an hour or so to admire the serene views of the water and take in the backdrop of the forest of ancient oak trees.

It’s the perfect place to bring family, friends and the dog to this tranquil place full of wonder. The kids will find endless entertainment, with plenty of trails to get stuck into and special events held throughout the year.

Trebah also has an award winning visitor centre, grab yourself a bite to eat from their Mediterranean style terrace - then have a good browse around the plant and gift shop. Trebah is certainly a garden fit for a relaxing afternoon spent for quality time with your loved ones – no matter what time of year.

Trelissick Gardens


"Whether you've got an hour, an afternoon or a whole day you'll be able to create your own adventure in this special part of Cornwall"

Trelissick, a tranquil varied garden situated at the head of Fal estuary and surrounded by beautiful woodland. 30 acres of garden gives you the chance to explore until your heart is content.

Filled with a collection of tender and exotic plants, become one with nature as you walk through hidden paths. It’s perfect for any time of year - when the sun shines, the kids can run wild on the luscious lawns. When the drizzle arrives, you can find shelter in the many wooden summer houses dotted throughout the garden.

Absorb the spectacular views of the estuary - the third deepest natural harbour in the world which can hold enormous ships. If you’re lucky enough, you may catch sight of a ship sitting happily upon the water. Don't forget to explore the Cornish orchard, you can discover 70 varieties of apples that have been planted over 20 years ago.

And keep an eye out for the extraordinary wildlife - this garden is a wonderful playground for the kids to find adventure in. Although dogs are not allowed in the gardens, they are more than welcome in the many woodland walks surrounding the location!

When you’re certain you have done enough exploring, make your way through canopies of Beech and Sweet Chestnut. Find yourself at the arts and crafts gallery, become inspired - there's also a second handbook shop to get lost in!

Trelissick also has a stunning house full of discovery, open between March and October.

Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Lost garden of heligan

"Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades; its history consigned to overgrowth"

Lost Gardens of Heligan, the most fascinating garden in Cornwall which provides an incredible 200-acre estate. A secret garden, lost for decades provides a nostalgic and endearing area for the whole family to explore.

Award-winning for the restoration of the gardens, you’ll be glad you visited this awe-inspiring delight. Filled with a whole range of different gardens to explore, look out for the pre 1920 camellias and rhododendrons.

In 2008, Heligan was granted National Collection Holder Status by Plant Heritage for historic and unique national collection.

Walk along winding paths and take a stroll around the Mediterranean inspired setting that is Heligan’s Italian Garden. Or perhaps you’d like to get lost in The Jungle? It’s Cornwall’s only outdoor jungle garden and is home to one of the longest Burmese Rope Bridges in Britain!

The youngsters will be having a field day, running along the bridge, hiding behind huge rhubarbs and jumping around like little monkeys! Become inspired by the tropical views, banana plantations and loose yourselves in tunnels. It’s an adventure like no other you’ll find in Cornwall.

Your furry friend can also come along for the ride, welcome throughout the entire garden your dog will join you in the search for brand new discoveries.

Once you’re ready to wind down, head on over to the Kitchen and Bakery where you’ll find an array of local produce and delicious baked goods made within the premises.

Anthony House and Garden

anthony house

"Superb early 18th-century mansion with unique family history"

Anthony, a beautiful 18th century mansion. Located upon 25 beautiful acres, surrounded by lush gardens and parkland overlooking the Lynher River.

Take a stroll through courtyards, terraces and relax by the stunning Japanese pond. There’s plenty of areas to explore, find sculptures and walk through the magnificent knot garden.

Admire the indigenous trees and blooming flowers such as; camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolias. See the spectacular lawns that sweep down towards the River Tamar and walk miles upon the surrounding woodland.

You may remember that Anthony House and Garden was a location chosen by Walt Disney, to become the film location for the remake of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ directed by Tim Burton. Scenes were set in the stunning 18th century house and the impressive grounds.

Let the kids roam and discover the spots from the film, have fun in the woodland garden and enjoy the yearly events and activities that the whole family can get stuck into!



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