Enjoy the garden at Godolphin

Godolphin spring flowers

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 spring admire the large flowering magnolia trees providing shaded spots to take a moment to relax and breathe.

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.

Spring time is a real treat in the side garden as everything starts to come to life. During January and February the first flower to let us know winter is coming to an end can be seen amongst the cyclamen - snowdrops! Come March swathes of pink, purple, yellow and white primroses can be admired along with the raised turf walkways full of spring blooms; daffodils and snakeshead fritillaries.

Primroses in the garden
Godolphin spring primroses
Primroses in the 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.


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