Gardens Of Cornwall – Where To Go And What To See

Gardens Of Cornwall – Where To Go And What To See

Posted on July 21, 2016 by

Sea ThriftWe hope you are enjoying our Cornwall series so far – if so, there’s plenty more still to come.

Today’s article will focus on some of the outstanding gardens which can be found in Cornwall, including details of what not to miss when you visit each of them.

According to Visit Cornwall, there are more than 40 gardens to explore around the region, and we definitely recommended taking in at least one during your stay especially as there is so much more to do than just look at plants!.

Exploring the gardens of Cornwall

Port Eliot House & Gardens

Location:Saltash
Opening times:Sunday – Friday 14:00 – 17:00
Entry price:Adult: £8 Child: £4
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:Yes
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.porteliot.co.uk/index.htm

 

Don’t Miss

The House –  Visitors can take a guided tour of the building, dating back to the Middle Ages, for £8 per adult and £4 children. Ticket includes admission into the gardens. The Long Gallery, situated within the House, serves food and hot and cold drinks to visitors in need of refreshment.

The Gardens – Explore the 18th century boat house, three gardens and a viaduct

St German’s Priory Church – Once a cathedral, this remains the oldest church in Cornwall. Well preserved Norman architecture makes this building a must see.

Facts

  • Port Eliot House has been inhabited for more than 1000 years
  • Earliest evidence of dwelling on site is from the Iron Age, or 18th century
  • Augustinian monks have lived here since 937

Events

Port Eliot Festival – 28th – 31st July


Port Eliot Festival Video

 

Eden Project

Eden Project

Location:St Austell
Opening times:Monday – Thursday 09:30-20:00

Friday – Sunday 09:30-18:00

Entry price:Adult: £22.50 Child: £12.60

Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for tickets in advance

Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:Yes, although dogs are not permitted in the domes. There are special sheltered areas with car parking, taps for water and plenty of walks.
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.edenproject.com/visit

The home of two Biomes which house plants collected from many varying climates across the world. Biomes are defined by their plants habitat (Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome).

Don’t Miss

The Rising Tide Sculpture – Sculptures created by Jason deCaires Taylor, depicting attitudes to climate change

Seed Sculpture – A huge sculpture shaped like a seed created by Peter Randall-Page. Located in a chamber in The Core building

Giant Bee – A large model of a bee set in place as a reminder of the importance of pollinating insects

The Core – The structure of this building is based on the structure of a sunflower. The contents of the building include interactive learning on topics ranging from ecosystems and evolution to climate change and plant resources

England’s Longest Zip Wire – It’s in the name

Events

There is a lot happening at the Eden Project ranging from storytelling and food and health activities for kids to gigs, Uni open days and the Festival of Food. Event information can be found here.

Facts

  • At a cost of £86 million pounds the Project Team have created the world’s two largest greenhouses. They contain over 100,000 plants representing 5,000 species from many of the climatic zones of the world.
  • The Humid Tropics Biome is the largest of the two, measuring equivalent to 11 double-decker buses high and 24 long.

Eden Project video

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden

Location:Isles of Scilly
Opening times:10:00-16:00 every day
Entry price:Adult: £15 Child: £5
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:Yes
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.tresco.co.uk/enjoying/abbey-garden/

Home to a tropical garden of plant species from 80 countries ranging from Brazil to Burma to South Africa. In addition to a wide variety of flowers, Abbey Garden is also home to the Valhalla Museum, dedicated to shipwrecked figureheads dating back 3000 years and a host of other curiosities.

On site you can also find the Visitor Centre sporting a gift shop, a café and a history room.

Close By

Everything the Scilly Islands have to offer, including prestigious restaurants and events throughout the year. A full list of event can be found here.


Tresco Abbey Gardens Video

 

Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden

Location:Falmouth
Opening times:10:00-17:00 every day
Entry price:Adult: £9 Child: £3
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:Yes
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/

 

A nationally recognised “sub-tropical” garden is available to explore in Falmouth. Jump in and discover over 4 miles of footpath as you walk through a Cornish Valley Garden.

Don’t Miss

Valleys – Hydrangea Valley & Rhododendron Valley

Beach – Dogs are allowed on leashes.

Details of Trebah’s involvement in D-Day can be discovered on-site, and there’s a handy café for refreshments.


Trebah Garden video

 

St. Michael’s Mount

St Michaels Mount

Location:Marazion
Opening times:10:30-17:00
Entry price:Adult: £9 Child: £4.50 Family: £22.50 Single Adult Family:13.50
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:No (except Assistance/ Guide Dogs)
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/

 

St. Michael’s Mount is a small island approximately 500m off the coast of Marazion. This island is unique because effectively it works like a radiator; absorbing the heat during the day and releasing it at night. This has created a micro climate where a wide variety of tropical plants can blossom.

The castle is not only a tourist attraction but also home to the St Aubyn family, the history of whom can be found here.

Fact

The island is home to mythical mermaids and giants!


Video of St. Michael's Mount

 

The Japanese Garden

Location:Newquay
Opening times:10:00-18:00 1st March – 31st October
Entry price:Adult: £4.50 Child: £2
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:No (except Assistance/ Guide Dogs – water available for dogs waiting in the car with adequate shade)
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.japanesegarden.co.uk/#_=_

The Japanese gardens combine the beauty of nature with the art of Japanese architecture that is heavily influenced by their culture. This garden has been planned with meticulous care so as not to distract from the appreciation of true beauty in nature, and to provoke reflection or curiosity to explore.


Japanese Gardens, Cornwall video

 

Pencarrow House and Gardens

Location:Bodmin
Opening times:10:00-17:30
Entry price:Adult: £10.75 Child: £5.75
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:No (except Assistance/ Guide Dogs)
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://www.pencarrow.co.uk/

 

Don’t Miss

Pencarrow House – Accessed by tour only. The first tour leaves at 11:15, and the last at 15:00. The tours last approximately one hour.

Pencarrow House is a must-see on our list because it provides a wonderful insight into a 1500’s mansion and an 1800’s garden. Pencarrow Gardens combine elegant landscaping with attractive arrangements for gardening experts and casual explorers alike.

Events

Hits from the Blitz -12th August: An opportunity to have a day out with entertainment and a picnic, lay down a blanket and get ready to travel back in time! Adhere to the 1940’s dress code, enjoy a fantastic night of entertainment and join in with the dancing. Tickets will be available very soon via the Pencarrow website or Facebook page.


Video of Pencarrow House

 

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Location:St Austell
Opening times:10:00-18:00 every day
Entry price:Adult: £13.30 Child: £6
Best time of year to visit:Summer
Dog friendly:Yes
Family Friendly:Yes
Website Linkhttp://heligan.com/

Discovered just 15 years ago, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the finest gardens in Cornwall. In this 200-acre ruin you will discover the magical and romantic history of the Treymayne Family.

Don’t Miss

Heligan Farm with its ground-breaking breeding, the Woodlands or the Jungle.

Heligan has its own bakery on site that uses its own fresh produce for cooking. Although they don’t grow enough to be self-sufficient, 23 of their 25 suppliers are from Cornwall. They cook a “Hearty Heligan Breakfast” from 9:30-11:00 and anything from a salad to a barbeque between 12:00-14:30.

Facts

Heligan is the first farm to successfully cross breed a pig… with a sheep! What do we call that? A Pieep? Or a Shig?

What will it taste like?

And more importantly: Mint or Apple sauce?

Find out more here.

Events

Events here are generally great for gardening enthusiasts. However, once a year Heligan holds a Ceremony of Remembrance for Somme where over 1 million lives were lost.


Lost Gardens of Heligan video

 

Comments

Ellie Beaumont 21st August 2016

We’ve been living in Cornwall for 7 years and visited Heligan Gardens last year. We had a great day beautiful and strange flowers would really recommend a visit.

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