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Morrab Gardens

  • 4.7

  • from 479 Google reviews

About the garden

Morrab Gardens, Cornwall’s first public garden began welcoming guests back in 1889, and people have been drawn to this subtropical paradise at the heart of Penzance ever since.

Though petite in size, that hasn’t stopped the owners amassing a generous collection of unusual plants – all with their own unique mythology, which the website helpfully delves into. From the sword-like Agave – known as the goddess of desire in Greek mythology to the haughty Hydrangea, which symbolised arrogance and frigidity in Medieval times. Other spellbinding species to look out for include the bushy Myrtle, blousy Handkerchief Tree and the perplexing Monkey Puzzle Tree.

With the waves lapping in the distance, and a banquet of tropical foliage laid out before you, Morrab Gardens brings a welcome splash of the Mediterranean to these Cornish shores.

Opening times

Daily throughout the year, 6.30 am to 8.00 pm (including Christmas and New Year's day)

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 479 Google reviews

Chrissie Sweetman

2 months ago


A tranquil place to meander through and admire a wide variety of sub-tropical plants and trees. Relaxing to take a rest on a bench and watch the squirrels and robins foraging for food.

Angela Barnes

4 months ago


This is a fantastic place. Well stocked and well planned gardens. It looks wonderful throughout the year due to the sympathetic planting. Lovely little secluded areas to wander around or sit with a book and an ice cream. Head Gardener is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the garden and is a very kind and friendly chap, as are his volunteer workforce. Do visit. It's a treasure.

Andrew Mason

5 months ago


Lovely gardens. Some of the plants and trees are genuinely quite startling. It's not big though.

John Wastnidge

7 months ago


Lovely sub tropical gardens we'll set out and a nice place to sit. Great little coffee and ice cream cafe near the gates called Zebra Crossing.

Quantum SkillZ

3 months ago


Most of the gardens are accessible but ATM is not the ideal time to visit, there’s asphalt & tarmac being put down to build new paths

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