Great Gardens of Cornwall

A milder than average climate has given Cornwall the opportunity to host a range of beautiful award winning gardens. Sub-tropical species thrive and vibrant colourful plants can be seen throughout the year.

The Eden Project

Housing the world’s largest living rainforest in a giant biome and Mediterranean plants in another, Eden is a show stopper. Wonder at the waterfall, discover a Malaysian hut, tropical plants and enjoy the scents of citrus fruit as you wander the pathways. If you dare, climb the steps and marvel at the view above the tree top canopy!

Outside the biomes, wind down the pathways filled with seasonal plants and discover how the project came to life, carved into a disused china clay pit.

The Eden Project has consistently been voted as the top UK attraction and provides fun eco-friendly education for all ages. Head to ‘The Core’ for hands on activities or to the café’s or restaurant and enjoy dishes made from many of the produce seen en-route.

Opening Times

Usually open every day except Christmas day.

Last tickets are sold half an hour before the biomes close.

Please check opening times before your visit as biomes may close early to maintain the health of plants.

There are also many seasonal activities.

Eden Project Gallery

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Images courtesy of Hufton + Crow and Visit Cornwall.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Abandoned when the Heligan Estate workers went off to fight in the First World War, these beautiful award-winning gardens were restored to their glory and hidden surprises added around every corner!

From the gentle woodland walk to the valley jungle garden, discover magical sculptures, amazing plants and hidden twists and turns. Wander up to the restored Victorian productive garden or find romance in the pleasure grounds. There’s also a wildlife area and the larger estate to discover.

Enjoy finding seeds and inspiration in the nursery and gift shop and stop for a bite to eat in the tea rooms, where the seasonal home cooking is recommended!

Opening Times

The gardens are open everyday, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For a guideline see below; but please check direct with Heligan before making a special trip.

Spring & Summer: 10:00am – 6:00pm. Last entry 4:30pm.

Later opening until 7.30pm during Theatre month, late July – August.
Last tickets 6:00pm.

Autumn & Winter: 10:00am – 5:00pm. Last entry 3:30pm.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan Gallery

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Images courtesy of The Lost Gardens of Heligan & Visit Cornwall.

Trebah Gardens

Wind down pathways full of vibrant sub-tropical plants to a private beach. Meander around valleys full of giant ferns, tall trees and colourful displays and discover exotic blooms.

Trebah’s 4 miles of footpaths include adventure play areas and trails. The garden is family and dog friendly, offering plenty to see whatever the season.

Enjoy a bite to eat in the Planters Café for year round seasonal dishes or grab an ice cream from The Boathouse Café when you’ve reached the beach. There’s also a plant shop and visitor centre.

Opening Times

The gardens are normally open everyday, year round. Please confirm opening times direct before making a special journey to visit.

10:00am – 4:00pm

Last entry 3:30pm

Trebah Garden Gallery

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Images courtesy of Visit Cornwall.

Pinetum Gardens

Discover a range of beautifully laid out gardens with over 6,000 labelled plants carefully grown from seed after being collected from around the world by the owners. An inspiration to any horticulturalist!

Each garden has its own theme, atmosphere and appropriately planted specimens. The intimate Japanese garden, complete with stepping stones across the pond, contrasts with the wide open ‘pinetum’ resplendent with pines and conifers. Look out for the resident black swans who inhabit the lake.

A plant shop sells many of the plants seen in the gardens and a tea room with home made produce complete the gardens.

Opening Times

The gardens are usually open daily, all year round but please check with them direct before planning a visit.

10:00am – 6:00pm

Last Tickets sold 4:30pm

Pinetum Gardens Gallery

Click below for a slideshow featuring all the gardens on this page.

Images courtesy of Pinetum Gardens.

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