Gardens in Cornwall

Cornwall is not only home to far stretching dramatic coastline and countryside, but also historic gardens. Across this ancient land are a number of gardens rooted in history. During the winter some gardens close for conversation work, please check opening times before you travel.

Gatehouse, garden and house at Lanhydrock


Take a stroll around the extensive gardens at Lanhydrock and enjoy year-round colour. There are beautiful herbaceous borders, a fabulous formal parterre and colourful higher gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

Visitor in the garden in summer at Cotehele, Cornwall.


There are 13 acres of garden and 10 acres of orchard for you to discover 365 days a year. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, has formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquility in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards.

The exterior of the Water Tower, Cornwall


On its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. There are more than 30 acres of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round woodland plants.

Godolphin's gardens in April


Enjoy the peace and calm of the ancient garden. With its original medieval layout, there are plenty of places to sit and absorb the atmosphere of this historic place.

The wavy hedges of Glendurgan maze in Cornwall seen from above


Lose yourself on a walk through the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, informality, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover big leaves and exotic flowers in the jungle-like lower valley and sun-loving specimens enjoying the upper banks. In spring thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of this steep valley.

The garden at Antony


The Repton inspired landscape at Antony, with its sweeping river views and unexpected nooks and crannies, is a joy to visit from spring to autumn. Antony garden is closed in Winter.

Tulips growing in the knot garen


The Tudor garden was inspired by engravings of gardeners growing vegetables over 400 years ago. This Tudor garden is the place for herbs, old-fashioned salads and even purple carrots. Then play Tudor garden games on the lawn and truly feel like you've stepped back in time.


Great Gardens of Cornwall

The National Trust are part of a group called the Great Gardens of Cornwall. Here is a video exploring all the exotic and varied gardens around Cornwall.