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An Idyllic Riverside Escape at Trelissick Garden

Flourishing at the head of Fal Estuary just north of Falmouth sprawls the picturesque Trelissick House and Garden. Run by the National Trust, this blend of fertile farmland, woodland parkland and an immaculate riverside garden dazzles year-round with colour, texture and creative flair.

Whether meandering along the walks, letting kids roam free through adventure play trails or simply admiring vibrant flower borders with tea and cake, bliss awaits at Trelissick for green-fingered souls or those seeking inspiration.

Here’s everything you need for an idyllic escape


Getting There

If you’re traveling by car, the most direct route is to take the A39 towards Truro, then follow the signs to Trelissick on the B3289 Penryn to King Harry Ferry route.

For those using public transport, a convenient bus service operates from Truro to Trelissick, providing a hassle-free alternative to driving. If you prefer to travel by train, the nearest station is in Truro as well. From there, you can catch a bus or taxi to Trelissick.

For a more scenic approach, consider taking a ferry along the picturesque River Fal from Truro to Trelissick, offering a unique and enjoyable way to reach your destination.

This tranquil estate sits nestled 3 miles southeast of busy ferry port Truro down minor roads off the B3289

Roadside parking requires payment in peak periods with seasonal overflow provided.

Opening Times & Tickets

The garden is open all year apart 10am to 5pm (4.30 in the winter)

The house has much more sporadic opening hours. Check the website for up to date details.

Admission prices:
Adults £14 | Children £7 |Family £35.00

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Trelissick History

Trelissick House is a Grade II*-listed country house near Truro in Cornwall, England. The house was built in 1755 by Sir William Lemon, a wealthy merchant and Member of Parliament. The gardens were laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries and are now Grade I listed on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

The house was originally a three-storey, rectangular building with a slate roof. In the 1790s, Sir William’s son, Sir William II Lemon, added a two-storey wing to the east side of the house. In the 1820s, Sir Charles Lemon, Sir William II’s son, added a further two-storey wing to the west side of the house.

The gardens at Trelissick were laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gardens are now Grade I listed on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The gardens include a number of features, such as a terrace, a walled garden, a woodland walk, and a lake.

The Lemon family owned Trelissick House until 1955, when they gave it to the National Trust. The National Trust has since restored the house and gardens and opened them to the public.

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Things to Enjoy at Trelissick

Step Back in Time at Trelissick House:

Unlike traditional stately homes, it’s presented as neither museum nor residence, offering a peek into its layered history through subtle hints. Explore the south-facing rooms, bathed in sunlight and boasting panoramic views of the Carrick Roads. Imagine residents of the past unwinding here, mesmerized by the ever-changing tapestry of land and sea. The modest collection of ceramics inspired by the garden adds a touch of local flavor.

Immerse Yourself in the Botanical Wonderland:

The real star of the show at Trelissick is undoubtedly its captivating gardens. As you meander along meandering paths, prepare to be transported to a world of vibrant colors and exotic scents. The renowned collection of rhododendrons bursts forth in a spectacular display of spring blooms, painting the landscape in hues of pink, purple, and white. But the beauty extends beyond seasonal outbursts. Explore the sub-tropical dell teeming with ferns and palms, or wander through the tranquil walled garden, a haven of geometric precision and fragrant herbs. Keep an eye out for hidden delights like the whimsical Fairy Sanctuary, sure to spark the imagination of young explorers.

Indulge Your Taste Buds at the Crofters Cafe:

After your exploration, refuel at the welcoming Kitchen Cafe. Nestled amidst the greenery, it offers a delightful selection of homemade light bites, refreshing drinks, and tempting local treats. Savor a Cornish cream tea while soaking in the breathtaking views, or indulge in a slice of homemade cake paired with a cup of steaming coffee. The cafe utilizes fresh, seasonal ingredients, ensuring a delicious and authentic experience.

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Unearth Literary Gems at the Second-Hand Bookshop:

For book lovers, a visit to Trelissick wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the charming second-hand bookshop. Housed in a converted stable block, it’s a treasure trove of pre-loved books waiting to be discovered. Browse through novels, biographies, travel guides, and local history titles, all at affordable prices. You might just stumble upon a hidden gem that sparks a new adventure or rekindles your love for a classic tale.

Beyond the Grounds:

For those seeking further exploration, Trelissick offers woodland walks with breathtaking estuary views. Keep an eye out for playful squirrels and listen to the symphony of birdsong as you lose yourself in the tranquility of the natural world. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a ferry from nearby King Harry Ferry for a unique perspective of the peninsula and its historical landmarks.

Don’t Miss…

  • Springtime carpetings of naturalised daffodils
  • Viewing the Fal Estuary and King Harry Ferry crossing
  • Carriage rides to cover ground easily. Need booking/fee.
  • Famous Feock Duck Race annually in August
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Trelissick? – Only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens and house.

Is Trelissick accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs? – Most of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair, with some steeper sections.Accessible toilets are available. Pushchairs are welcome.

Are there any walks or trails around Trelissick? – Yes, there are several woodland walks with stunning views of the estuary.

Can I go kayaking or paddleboarding on the estuary? – Kayaking and paddleboarding are not permitted directly from Trelissick, but there are companies offering rentals and tours nearby.

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Other nearby attractions

When you have been to Trelissick, you should visit some of these places too:

  • Merry Maidens Stone Circle – Well-preserved Bronze Age stone circle dating back 4000 years. Just over 2 miles from Godrevy Lighthouse.
  • Godolphin House and Gardens – Ruined 16th century house with medieval gardens offering scenic walks with views over St Ives Bay.
  • Godrevy Lighthouse – Iconic lighthouse on its own island off the coast, inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s ‘To The Lighthouse’.
  • Trerice – Elizabethan manor house owned by National Trust, with fine interiors and formal gardens.
  • Glendurgan Garden – Subtropical gardens running down to the Helford River, with exotic plants, mazes and trails. Owned by the National Trust.
  • Trebah Garden – 26 acres of sub-tropical gardens with exotic plants and flowers. Features a private beach on the Helford River.
  • St Michael’s Mount – Tidal island with a medieval church and castle, accessed by foot at low tide or by boat.
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan – Mysterious 19th century gardens restored in the 1990s with jungle, streams and ponds.
  • Minack Theatre – Unique open-air clifftop theatre with spectacular coastal views. Catch a show or take a backstage tour.
  • Porthcurno Beach – Idyllic sandy beach close to Minack Theatre, popular with swimmers and surfers.
  • Levant Mine and Beam Engine – Tour the engine houses and experience the steam engines of this 19th century copper and tin mine.
  • Tate St Ives – St Ives gallery exhibiting modern British art. Displays works by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and more.
  • Lappa Valley Steam Railway – Vintage steam train rides through the countryside and along a tributary of the Fal River.
  • Telegraph Museum Porthcurno – Museum telling the history of telecommunications andCornwall’s role in global communications.

With photo-worthy riverside vistas, gardens ablaze in colour, adventure play zones for kids plus tempting eateries, Trelissick pleases every mood year-round. An easy escape under ten miles from Truro, come immerse in horticultural heaven.

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