The top 6 gardens in Cornwall
11 June 2018
From rugged coastlines to stunning countryside, one of the best things about Cornwall has to be its remarkable scenery. And while Cornwall’s unique landscape is one of the many reasons that countless people flock to the county every year, there are also acres of colourful, fragrant gardens to explore.
Here’s 6 of the best gardens to visit in Cornwall.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Open – all year round | Entry – adults: £14.50, children (aged 5-17): £6.50, family: £37.50
These historic gardens belonged to the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. However following WWI, when the estate’s workforce went off to fight in the trenches, the gardens eventually became lost under a tangle of brambles and weeds. It was only as recently as 25 years ago that the gardens were discovered in the estate’s ruins and a huge restoration project began.
Today, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most loved gardens in the UK. Visitors can step back in time and explore exotic jungles, ancient woodland and romantic Victorian gardens, and walk across one of the largest Burmese rope bridges in Britain!
Bonython Estate Gardens
Open – 16th April until 14th September | Entry – adults: £8.00, children: £2.00
Bonython is a Cornish estate featuring an 18th century manor house, a majestic walled garden, lakes, and a woodland walk. Situated on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, the gardens are a tropical paradise surrounded by sea views and farmland, and combine the traditional with the exotic to create an explosion of fragrance and colour.
The Eden Project
Open – all year round | Entry – adults: £27.50, children (aged 5-16): £14.00, family: £71.00
The Eden Project is the largest attraction of its kind in the world and a must for anyone visiting Cornwall. As soon as you enter the famous biomes you’re instantly transported to warmer climates and can explore fragrant, tropical rainforests and meander through vast Mediterranean landscapes.
There are also over 20 acres of fantastic outdoor gardens to explore, where you can discover everything from beautiful ornamental flowers to unique sculptures and water features.
Open – all year round | Entry – adults: £10.00, children £5.00
Rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world, Trebah Garden is nestled is a stunning valley near Falmouth. A magical, sub-tropical paradise, visitors explore winding paths under exotic blooms, follow vibrant tunnels of colour, and look across beautiful meadows carpeted with flowers.
The gardens feature a fabulous visitor centre complete with shop, café, and plant centre. They’re also home to a private, secluded beach on the Helford river which offers stunning views out to the open sea.
Open – Wednesdays and Fridays, April to September | Entry – adults: £9.00, children under 16: free
Nestled on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula, Lamorran is a sub-tropical garden which, due to its sheltered position, benefits from warmer climates throughout the year. The peaceful, tranquil garden is home to an extensive range of exotic plants from around the globe and draws inspiration from the spirit of Mediterranean, Japanese and English gardens. There are areas of woodland to explore, as well as a Japanese water garden and small Venetian-style bridge which offers amazing views across the bay.
Open – 25th February until 23rd September | Entry – adults: £7.00, children under 16: free
Dating back to the 19th century, the 15 acre Trewidden Garden is a peaceful Cornish garden featuring beautiful collections of flowers, trees and shrubs. Many of the garden’s trees are over 100 years old and are planted alongside species of plants that are rarely seen in this country.
The garden also has a Trewidden Trail, which is perfect for entertaining the little ones, and a charming tea room and shop offering homemade light lunches, cream teas, and other local Cornish delights.