Discovering Cornwall: Trebah Garden

Photo of Trebah Garden in Cornwall, showing a range of trees and plans of a range of species.

A delight at any time of the year, Trebah Garden is particularly lovely in spring.

By early March, there’s already a riot of colour in the garden, with a variety of rhododendrons and camellias in bloom, and the golden glory of daffodils and narcissi. Their champion magnolia (the tallest of its kind in the UK) is absolutely stunning at the moment.


You can see what’s looking good in the garden at any time on their website – and they’ll point you in the right direction when you get there, too.

Trebah for children

If it’s appealing for adults, Trebah is a magical place for kids. There’s the ever-popular Paraglide, adventure play areas (Tarzan’s Camp for the bigger and Fort Stuart for the little ones), plus loads of ‘secret’ passages to explore.

The tree ferns, which hide a miniature waterfall, and the leafy Gunnera Passage are great fun. Then, of course, there’s the private beach, where you can paddle on a hot day and enjoy and ice cream. Don’t forget to look out for the creature in the pond…Could it be a relative of the Loch Ness Monster?

A new amphitheatre

Work started in November to build an amphitheatre in the grounds. The design is based on traditional Cornish Prayer Pits and it’s being constructed using local granite. They aim to have it ready for performances in spring/summer 2014.


They’ve certainly picked a good location for it – the amphitheatre looks out across the valley, offering a wonderful view of Trebah’s trees and plants. We’re looking forward to seeing what sort of performances they’ll have to offer next year.

Dog friendly

Trebah is one of the most dog-friendly visitor attractions in Cornwall. They actively encourage visitors of the four-legged variety (you’ll need to keep them on a lead in the gardens and on the beach). They’ve got water bowls for dogs outside the Visitor Centre for thirsty pooches and offer complimentary poop scoops to dog owners on arrival. There are also four dog waste bins in the garden.



Trebah has clearly marked disabled-friendly routes (also useful for people with pushchairs/buggies). For more information on access or to reserve a motorised buggy, give them a call on 01326 252200.

Useful information

Trebah Garden is open every day.
Admission: Adults £8.50, Seniors £7.50, Children (5-15) £2.50, Children under 5 free.

There’s a well-stocked cafe serving a range of meals and snacks made from local produce. If you sit outside, you may well find yourselves surrounded by some of the friendly garden birds.

Getting there from Bosinver

Head towards Truro on the A390 and then take the A39 to Falmouth. The gardens are well signposted (look for the brown garden signs). It will take about 50 mins by car. It’s also possible to get to Trebah by bus from Falmouth.

Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth TR11 5JZ
T: 01326 255200

Have you ever been to Trebah Garden when you’ve visited Cornwall on holiday? When did you go, and what did you enjoy most about your visit? We’d love to hear your stories.

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