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Autumn walks in the grounds at Lanhydrock | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Lanhydrock Garden explorer trail

The garden at Lanhydrock is full of hidden details to discover, a glorious mix of history and nature that can be experienced throughout the year. Its foundations were laid in the 17th century, but much of the layout you see today dates from the Victorian era. Discover an array of fascinating historical features on this circular walk through the semi-formal landscape.

Winter closing at Lanhydrock

Please note that the gardens at Lanhydrock are now closed for the winter and will re-open on March 1 2024.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Lanhydrock gatehouse, grid ref: SX08637

Step 1

How hot is 'blood heat'? What is the hottest temperature the Lanhydrock thermometer can measure?

Step 2

Can you find where Spot lived? What kind of animal do you think Spot was? Would you be comfortable living here?a

Step 3

Can you find the oldest part of the house? How many years ago was this doorway carved? Can you think of anything that is older?

Step 4

The parterre is laid out in very precise shapes. How many are there? Can you name them? Do you think the parterre is symmetrical?

Step 5

Stop and look around you. How many colours can you see? Can you name them all?

Step 6

Where can you find the time and the seasons in the same place? Do you recognise any of the bronze flowers?

Step 7

The Thatched Cottage had no running water. Can you imagine living with no taps, no bath and no shower? Can you find where the gardener collected his water from?

Step 8

One hundred years ago there was a glasshouse here in the higher garden. Can you work out where it used to stand?

End point

Lanhydrock gatehouse, grid ref: SX08637

Trail map

Map of Lanhydrock garden explorer trail, Cornwall
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