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Pinetum Gardens

An incredible variety of garden rooms and specimen trees.

  • 4.5

  • from 993 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 993 Google reviews

Trevor Wales

5 months 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.

Chris P

3 months ago


Fantastic little place for a beautiful walk, weather dependent of course. Entry fee maybe a little steep for what it is but given the upkeep I'm sure it's reasonable enough. Took us about 3hrs to see everything, young boy with us so maybe 2hrs for just adults. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views along the way though. Would highly recommend if you are in the area.

Simeon Grundy

3 months ago


Nice(ish) gardens but certainly not worth the £16 entry fee. Luckily we used the Gardeners World 2 for 1 card - even then, not sure it was worth £8 each. Water Garden had no water and the lake of said garden was drained. First garden area you come to was just shrubs, very little colour at all, so swiftly got through that. The Pinetum itself is interesting seeing all the different trees in there and their growing habits. Dogs allowed in on leads. Plenty of poo bins when required. The Winter garden was nice, circular affair with a few cut through areas to explore. The Lake is worth a few minutes to wander round, lots of geese with goslings, and Moorhen family. Japanese garden is pleasant all be it very small. Tea shop and plant sale are nice then the Cottage and water garden finish to tour off. Probably took an hour if that to walk around. Sadly wouldn't return for another visit.

Kelly Taylor

a month ago


Lovely visit. A beautiful, tranquil place to take in the scenery. Dogs on leads welcome. Cafe on site and fully wheelchair accessible. Highly recommended and will be visiting again soon

Michael Martyn

3 months ago


A wonderful garden with different areas to explore and friendly, helpful staff. The Japanese garden was our favourite followed closely by the winter garden and hand feeding the ducks!

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01726 73500

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