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Pinetum Gardens

An incredible variety of garden rooms and specimen trees.

  • 4.5

  • from 977 Google reviews

A garden with water in the background
A garden with water in the background

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About the garden

If it’s a day of leisure you’re after, bring your walking shoes and let the majestic 30-acre Pinetum Gardens do the talking. In the last four decades, the largest 'new' garden in Cornwall has sprouted ten individually themed “garden rooms” which are furnished with around 6,000 plants and some of the county’s most spectacular trees in a tranquil and hugely varied environment.

Wander among giants in the Pinetum, where redwoods rise out of a manicured woodland made up of 80 different types of conifer. Find inner peace amid the harmonious blend of mindfully placed pebbles, plants and water in the Japanese garden, look out for an abundance of wildlife at the dragonfly speckled water garden or just admire the floral eye candy on display in the colourful borders of the courtyard garden.

Linked by a series of water features, the Pinetum Gardens are a fabulous place to engage children and teens with nature as most of the plants have been helpfully labelled. Even in the depths of Winter there’s something to see here, with what is thought to be the biggest Winter Garden in England, and the charming Courtyard Cafe is the perfect place to reflect on your favourite plants over lunch.

Opening times

Open Every Day Summer: 10AM - 5PM Winter: 10AM - 2PM

Useful details

Garden area

30 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Leave by the cafe with own lock.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - book in advance and pick up at the car park.

Cornwall, PL25 3RQ

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Find the garden

Pinetum Gardens
PL25 3RQ
Sat Nav Postcode
PL25 3RQ
Public Transport
Bus stop near the Entrance for buses 24, 214, 214A, 228, 428, 30, 215, 293.
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Things to see

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 977 Google reviews

Trevor Wales

a month ago


One of the loveliest gardens to visit in St Austell. Good value. Lovely staff. A real oasis of peace , tranquility and beauty and I would choose to visit here over the Eden project every time because I don't feel taken advantage of with the cost of the entrance fee. Chang and his team work very hard to preserve this lovely oasis of peace. A must visit if you're coming to St Austell.

Sofia G.

2 months ago


I expected a beautiful walk in the gardens "for peace and tranquility " as they advertised. But was unable to enjoy these gardens and had to leave with a terrible head ache. Mid day they started to cut their grass with industrial cutting machine..and it was just too loud. Not the normal sound you get from mowing the lawn, but more like industrial construction site drilling. It was utterly horrible. It made me want to flee park instantly and made very upset. I was not able to enjoy or experience the gardens. The noise was just too loud and it ruined my day. I just can't believe they would do it while guests are there..and expect people to pay full price, when guests cant use the gardens. Wasted 30 pounds. Just another money milking machine.

Geoff Wilkins

5 months ago


5* garden. 1* cafe. Been visiting this beautiful garden for years. First visit post-lockdown, disappointed to find the great little cafe has been turned into more holiday lets. The ‘cafe’ is now a couple of marquees in the courtyard with much reduced menu (soup fresh from the microwave). Lunch accompanied by laundry, cars squeezing past, and a large rat. Gardens wonderful, the now well-established winter garden is excellent.

Brian N

2 months ago


not worth the price for what you get, which is not what was advertised, as we booked a cottage and not a caravan... breakfast and dinner was supposed to be inclusive instead it's an added cost to the 2000 pounds for 7 night not worth it at all. there is no Dailly house keeping. no laundry services and no extra bedsheets. leaves a lot to be desired and would not recommend staying but the garden is lovely for a day visit.

Bryan Smithson

3 months ago


For the money you spend here you would be better off paying a couple of pounds extra and visiting the National Trust House just a little further away, my wife and I wasted an hour and a half and £32. We carried on to the next National Trust House and had a fantastic time, beautiful house, gardens, estate, cafe,shop what a lovely place

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01726 73500

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