Enjoy the garden at Godolphin

Bee flying towards flowers at Godolphin

Take time to wander around the diverse garden at Godolphin - you might end up leaving with a pot of honey harvested from our onsite hives and produced from the flowers you'll be admiring.

King's Garden

The King's Garden is the sixteenth century walled privy garden to Godolphin's state room, the King's Room. The perfect sun trap, the King's Garden is a private space for relaxing and absorbing Godolphin's tranquil atmosphere. Cloud-like box hedges follow neat paths sheltering the flowering primroses below. In summer the King's garden becomes a sheltered suntrap with the perfume of the highly scented roses and lavender wafting through.

The King's Garden leads you in to the King's Room, open for you to visit throughout the year. On most days a volunteer room guide can be found in the King's Room to answer any questions about Godolphin.


Side garden

Godolphin's side garden is believed to be largely unchanged since the 16th century. The three remaining visible compartments of the original nine compartment Tudor design provide a wealth of traditional, seasonal planting.

The herbaceous boarders come to life during summer full of height, colour and scent. There's a real buzz about the garden; the gardeners have carefully selected plants to benefit bees, butterflies and other pollinators, so keep an eye out for the varied insect life enjoying the garden. Taking a seat on one of the bespoke made benches under the shelter of some trees is perhaps the best way to enjoy the side garden.


Side garden paddock

The side garden paddock holds Godolphin's history in its archaeology, but today the paddock is the home of our native black bee hives. Look out for bee keepers inspecting the hives on your visit.

Visit the Blacks Cornish Bees website.



The newly replanted Orchard with Cornish varieties of apples and other fruits offers views of the East Range of Godolphin House, the Cider House and the woodland stretching beyond. September and October are the perfect time to see the trees in the orchard all in fruit.

Apples on the trees in the orchard
Apples on the trees in the orchard
Apples on the trees in the orchard


Potting shed

The gardener's potting shed has everything the green fingered visitor needs, from information on the native black bees in the side garden paddock, to the bluebells in the far orchard and tips on growing your own.

The potting shed at Godolphin
Godolphin potting shed
The potting shed at Godolphin