As well as its stunning countryside, Cornwall is home to many beautiful public gardens. From the tropical biomes of The Eden Project to the gardens of grand manor houses, there are plenty of colourful gardens to explore all year round.
The Eden Project
Arguably the most famous of Cornwall’s gardens is The Eden Project which is home to carefully regulated greenhouse-like biomes containing tropical and Mediterranean plants. Open all year round, the biomes sit in a 50 metre deep crater, which covers the area of 30 football pitches, near St Austell.
Boasting the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, The Eden Project is a fascinating attraction and offers the opportunity to learn about the plants and the biomes. There are many food outlets onsite, making it a great day out for all the family.
www.edenproject.com | 01726 811911
Pencarrow is a splendid Georgian house that has developed a reputation for its 50 acre garden. With a lake as its centre point, the garden is home to a Victorian rockery, Italian gardens and a one mile long carriage drive. Dogs are welcome too.
There are guided tours of the house throughout the day which contains a collection of fine art and furniture. The house has been in the Molesworth-St Aubyn family since 1560 and is still lived in today.
www.pencarrow.co.uk | 01208 841369
The beautiful Elizabethan mansion sits on a hill above Padstow harbour and its grounds offer breathtaking views across its parkland down to the Camel Estuary. Fourteen generations of Prideaux have lived here and each generation has added its own contribution to the house and its historic garden. Dogs are welcome, but you must keep them on a lead.
www.prideauxplace.co.uk | 01841 532411
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The spectacular Lost Gardens of Heligan have a rich history. In the 19th Century they stood among the very finest gardens in the country. Unfortunately, they were neglected after the First World War and very quickly became overgrown and messy. In 1990 the largest garden restoration project in Europe began to bring The Lost Gardens back to their original beauty. And with a site that spans around 250 acres, that’s a lot of weeding and trimming. Today the gardens are a must if you’re a flower fan. They were voted as the nation’s favourite garden by the BBC’s Gardener’s World.
www.heligan.com | 01726 845100
Set in 450 acres of stunning wooded parkland, Lanhydrock is a stunning Victorian country house in near Bodmin, North Cornwall. The surroundings of the house are kept in pristine condition and its garden includes its famous magnolia trees which are dotted around the higher gardens. Wheelchair-accessible paths line the immaculate flowerbeds and wind in and out of hundreds of trees and plants.
Garden tours are hosted regularly by the team of knowledgable and friendly volunteers. The 50 rooms of Lanhydrock House are also open to visitors who want to get a fascinating glimpse into the life of the wealthy in the Victorian era.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock | 01208 265950