Visiting Trengwainton Garden: What you need to know

Giant tree fern glade at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

There's no need to book to visit the garden, café or shop at Trengwainton. In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what you can expect on your visit.

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Arrival and parking

If you’re arriving by car there are two car parks to choose from; having turned off the road, the first car park on the left is the main car park or you can drive straight on a little way and you’ll come to a second car park on the right which is the overflow car park. If you’re looking for accessible spaces, drive to the bottom of the main car park, turn right and you’ll find accessible spaces marked out. This is also the nearest car park to the garden café.

Coaches and campervans should park in the overflow car park. The car parks are locked at 5.15.

If you're arriving by bus there's a regular bus service which stops right outside the garden gates or it’s around a 2 mile walk from the centre of Penzance. If you’re arriving by bike, there are cycle racks to the left of the shop/reception building.


Garden: open 10-5, last entry 4.30 (though we recommend at least an hour to make the most of seeing the garden)

Toilets: including accessible toilets open in the car park, next to the bookshop in the garden and in the cafe

Cafe: open 10-5, last orders 4.30. Please note: new for the 2022 season, the entrance to the café is now from within the garden itself, with a shorter route for visitors with accessibility needs direct from the car park.

Shop and garden centre: open 10-5

Bookshop: is generally open 11-4, but we may not have volunteer cover some days, so if you particularly want to visit the bookshop please call ahead to check.

Bringing a dog

Dogs (on short leads) are welcome throughout the garden (assistance dogs only inside the cafe). There are dog waste bins located off the drive on the Royal Meadow and in the lower car park.

Access for everyone

Most of the garden is accessible to wheelchair users but some inclines mean that users of manual wheelchairs may need the help of a strong companion. Look out for signs near the top of the garden for an alternative route that avoids a bridge.

There is an electric all-terrain mobility Tramper available to hire as well as a manual wheelchair but both must be booked in advance by calling us on 01736 363148 or e-mailing us on

We also have a visual story for visitors with autism as well as a large print guide to Trengwainton, both of which can be downloaded here and copies are also available at reception.

Trengwainton's visual story (PDF / 1.5MB) download

Trengwainton's large print guide (PDF / 0.3MB) download