Cornwall is famed for its fabulous gardens and thanks to early collectors bringing exotic specimens in on the Packet Ships, around Falmouth and Penryn are some of the best in the country.
Penryn Campus Grounds
Now you have the chance to stay with an award-winning garden right on your doorstep – as our beautiful campus grounds have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag from Keep Britain Tidy.
Our grounds at the Penryn Campus, home of Glasney Rooms and Glasney Flats, are proudly flying our Green Flag, awarded this summer in recognition of our well managed green spaces. The judges described our grounds as a “wonderful, unique” place and a “horticultural wonder”. They noted that it was a “perfect habitat” for wild flowers, insects, birds and bees, and said Tremough House and the Italian garden were a “plant collector’s paradise”.
Book your stay with Cornwall Plus this summer and enjoy our stunning campus for yourself. Take a stroll through our campus, once the grounds of an 18th Century Manor house, bursting with sub-tropical planting including historic rare Rhododendrons, cultivated on the site in the Victorian era.
Our visitor map will show you all the best features to discover. Sit a spell in the tranquil haven of the Walled Garden or explore the hidden treasures such as the Star Pond at the end of the Old Drive. The historic planting blends seamlessly with the modern campus facilities and the art installations you may find along your way.
Gardens in Cornwall
Famous for its laurel maze, Glendurgan flows down to the hamlet of Durgan where you will find a small but perfectly formed beach. A family favourite, this National Trust garden includes subtropical gardens, carpets of wildflowers and a giant’s swing.
Trebah, is a beautiful and tranquil garden with a Water Garden, Hydrangea Valley and Rhododendron Valley. Children will love the Gunnera passage and bamboo path maze – as well as the secluded beach – accessible from the bottom of the site. Outdoor events including socially distanced live music, and theatre is available during July and August.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan to explore the Melon Garden, a Japanese Garden, Jungle with subtropical plants, The Sundial, charming Italian Gardens and a Crystal Grotto.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is set in a beautiful sheltered valley in Penzance. The woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. You will meet contemporary art installations from internationally renowned artists as you explore the gardens.
More to explore
Get more ideas for attractions to visit during your stay on our Explore Cornwall page: