The team at ‘Great Gardens of Cornwall’ have compiled a shortlist of some places that you must visit when in west Cornwall.
West Cornwall holds some of the most incredible sights you’ll ever see in the UK. Stunning azure beaches, fascinating tin mining museums, the mythical St Michael’s Mount and the untamed beauty of Land’s End; there’s a whole array of breathtaking locations to experience in this region. There are some magical gardens here, a real eclectic mix of idyllic, coastal sanctuaries, subtropical valleys and fascinating art trails
We are also recommending our favourite place to stay in this area to make your trip to Cornwall memorable and magnificent!
Here’s where needs to be on your list when visiting west Cornwall:
www.trewidden.co.uk, TR20 8TT
Ideally located on the stunning Land’s End Peninsula, Trewidden Gardens enjoys a mild climate, allowing a vast collection of plants to flourish, including champion magnolias, a mature jelly palm, tree ferns and ravishing mature woodland setting that’s home to many species of flora – some of which are said to be amongst the finest in the northern hemisphere. Trewidden’s walled garden has a diverse border ensuring a rainbow of erupting colour for the summer months, with ancient tin workings functioning as water features. Rare and exotic plantings offer visitors the opportunity to be truly taken aback by the raw beauty of these gardens.
2. TREMENHEERE SCULPTURE GARDENS
www.tremenheere.co.uk, TR20 8YL
Stumble on the magic hidden within the gorgeous garden in the valley, located near the iconic St Michael’s Mount. With exotic, sub-tropical plantings providing a striking backdrop to entrancing contemporary sculptures handcrafted by some of the globe’s most incredible artists, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is an unmatched immersive experience that everyone should add to their Cornish bucket list.
3. BONYTHON ESTATE GARDENS
www.bonythonmanor.co.uk, TR12 7BA
Situated on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula is the stunning estate of Bonython Gardens, surrounded by a unique blend of tropical and traditional horticulture, including South African roots and herbaceous borders of the walled garden, bursting with colour from different species of flora. Become entranced by the sea-facing manor, nestled within transfixing tree fern and rhododendron dells, guaranteed to take your breath away and leave the whole family with truly treasured memories.
4. TRESCO ABBEY GARDENS – ISLES OF SCILLY
www.tresco.co.uk/enjoying/abbey-garden, TR24 0QQ
Discovered in 1834 around the transfixing ruins of Benedict Abbey, Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly is home to a magnificent array of international plants from over 80 countries, all of which are strategically laid out geographically, ensuring visitors experience every corner of the world in one convenient location. Being located perfectly within the warmth of the Gulf Stream and benefitting from hours of gorgeous sunshine, the 4,000 different species thrive, making this garden a truly breathtaking setting to explore.
Here’s one of our favourite hotels in the west Cornwall area:
POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD
Polurrian Road, Mullion, Helston, TR12 7EN
This luxury hotel’s location needs to be seen to be believed. Situated on the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and just a two-minute stroll from a private beach, Polurrian on the Lizard is the ideal place to stay for exploring west Cornwall’s beauty in all its glory.
Can you imagine yourself sat in their vista lounge, tucking into a Cornish cream tea (jam first!) whilst admiring this endless ocean view?
We highly recommend Polurrian on the Lizard as an incredible place to stay when visiting Cornwall and it is perfectly located for visiting Trewidden, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Bonython Estate Gardens – plus Tresco Abbey Gardens if you’re willing to hop to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance!