Interesting Gardens (which are more than “just gardens”) to visit in Cornwall!

Here in pretty St Ives and the surrounding area we have plenty to entertain our visitors, but one of the most enjoyed days out in Early Summer is a visit to local garden. We have many beautiful sites to choose from in the locality, varying from privately owned to National Trust run, many have interesting features or themes which make them stand out from the crowd. And (here’s the icing on the cake) most of them have delicious cafes in which to try a treat or two 

The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens


First up we have the wonderful Tremenheere sculpture gardens just outside of Penzance with views across the bay to St Michaels Mount. This quirky, privately owned gardens is quite hilly, but well worth the effort! At the end of your walk amongst the sculptures there is a lovely café/restaurant serving hot food all day – and amazing homemade cakes & coffees! A favourite amongst both locals and visitors.

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden

A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Barbara Hepworth’s home and sculpture garden (part of the Tate St Ives experience), in the very heart of St Ives. Located at Trewyn studios where Barbara lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975, at which point the house and garden were given to the nation. Displays include sculptures in bronze, stone and wood, along with paintings, drawings and archive material all set in her amazing garden & workshops.

Glendurgan Garden (NT)

Glendurgan Garden is a National Trust garden, situated above the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River close to Mawnan Smith. This stunning garden has the interesting feature of a Maze and a beach– fun for all ages! Planted on one side of the valley, this living puzzle is in the heart of the garden. Most people can’t wait to reach the middle of the maze, but some enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting opposite and watching others experience confusion, frustration and hopefully celebration. It’s planted with cherry laurel which is vigorous and tough enough to withstand regular trimming and footsteps around its roots. Palm trees mark the four corners of the puzzle and a thatched summerhouse sits in the middle.

Godolphin House & Gardens (NT)

And, finally if exploring an ancient home along with a walk around a fabulous estate is your preference, close to St Ives near Helston (approx. 20 minute drive away) sits the amazing Godolphin House – an ancient and atmospheric estate with both medieval gardens and house to explore. This historical manor house has many activities on offer throughout the summer including walks around the estate, exploring the property and grounds, to storytelling for the children (and the young at heart)! Now with the additional facility of the brand new all-terrain Tramper which allows greater mobility for all to explore the Godolphin Estate, all year round.

Don’t Delay, Book Your Cherished Cottage Now!


If you are thinking of coming down to St Ives over the Summer why not make it special by staying in one of our luxurious Cherished Cottages for a holiday to remember. Please do not hesitate to give our friendly team a call in the office to make a reservation or for more information on 01736-490640.

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