Cornwall is home to some of the most exciting and colourful gardens in the country.

The warmth of the Gulf Stream flowing past the coast means there are plenty of gardens with all year round beauty in Cornwall. No matter what time of year it is when you visit there will always be something magical to see.

Cornwall’s gardens are often regarded as being some of the finest in the world due to the variation, colour and scenery that are prevalent in all of them. We’re proud to recommend these beautiful gardens and a day spent visiting them is a day well spent.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Our personal favourite is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular gardens in the UK. There is just so much to see, formal gardens, a jungle walkway, a huge walled vegetable garden, an Italian garden and that’s before you visit the wildlife areas, the bird hide, the farm animals, etc. Barbara has a soft spot for the Tamworth piglets – usually born in April and absolutely hilarious to watch.

Trelissick Gardens

Set on it’s own peninsula the National Trust owned, Trelissick Gardens offers mass plantings of daffodils followed by camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, viburnum and many other shrubs. There is a sensory garden, an orchard and the parkland offers riverside, farmland and woodland walks with stunning views of the Fal Estuary.

Caerhays Garden

Caerhays Garden is home to a National Magnolia Collection, the gardens are truly a spring-time wonderland for visitors. The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed and it’s no surprise. Huge magnolias, camellias and azaleas, a stunning location with the castle, lake and views over Porthluney beach means that you are never short of something to look at. Only open from February to the end of June, spring is the only time to see these beautiful gardens with a carpet of primroses, daffodils and bluebells.

Trebah Garden

Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. With canopies bursting with exotic blooms., vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Tie your visit in to have a drink or a meal at the Ferryboat Inn at Helford Passage.

Of course, there are some beautiful smaller gardens too, Enys Gardens near Penryn, has the most beautiful display of bluebells every spring and Lammorran Gardens in St Mawes is a beautiful Italianate garden with sea views at every turn...and don't forget the Eden Project and its world famous biomes!

All of the gardens have lovely cafe’s for a rest, a refreshing drink and a piece of home made cake after all that walking and admiring of plants.

For the keen gardener most have shops as well so you can buy the plants you have seen. The Roundhouse Barns courtyard is regularly packed with plant bags, waiting to be taken home!

Where to find them...

Click on the icon below for more info about each garden including directions and links to their websites.