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A Fun Family Day Out at Trengwainton Gardens

Visit the National Trust’s enchanting Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance and go meandering through vibrant subtropical gardens right on the Cornish coast that morph from formal rose gardens into lush rainforest. Then emerge atop sloping lawns with spectacular sea views stretching along the Mount’s Bay coastline.

These historic gardens promise a fabulous day out surrounded by exotic blooms, towering palms and playful trails for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s your complete guide to exploring this verdant seaside haven.

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Getting to Trengwainton Gardens

Trengwainton Gardens sits on the outskirts of Madron, a small village 3 miles north east of Penzance in Cornwall. Use postcode TR20 8RZ for navigation systems.

By car – The gardens lie just off the A30 Penzance to Land’s End road. Ample free parking is available at Trengwainton itself.

By bus – The TR18 First Group service connects Penzance bus station to Newlyn, stopping at Rosehill roundabout. From here it’s a 10 minute downhill walk to Trengwainton’s entrance.

By bicycle National Cycle Route number 3 connects directly into the gardens.

Opening Times and Tickets

Trengwainton Gardens open from: 10am – 5pm (Feb – Oct). They are generlly closed frm Oct to Feb, but have some opening in the Christmas holidays, so check the website for details.

The gardens are not open on Fridays or Saturdays.

Admission Fees (tickets valid one year):

Adults – £11
Children (5-17 years) – £5.50

Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) – £27.50

Annual membership also available.

Dogs on leads welcome across the gardens all year round. Various accessible paths make Trengwainton ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.

What to See and Do At Trengwainton Gardens

Originally laid out in the 18th century, this Cornish estate displays a varied blend of garden designs seamlessly merging into one another.

Wander through the aromatic Rose Garden exploding in summer blooms before stumbling upon the exotic North Garden overflowing with enormous tree ferns, palms and vibrant flowers. Lose the kids for hours in the winding Jungle Garden then re-emerge into neatly manicured lawns with spectacular views down Mount’s Bay.

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Admire the Midday Garden’s Waterfall

A highlight for children is the impressive 30ft waterfall cascading through the Midday Garden. This was specially engineered to always flow when the sun is at its peak. Pause on the bridge overhead as torrents rush beneath your feet bound for the Japanese-inspired pond below.

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Seek Out the Walled Garden’s Treehouse

Kids will make a beeline for the Walled Garden’s unique treehouse once they spy its suspension rope bridges and curving timber slide. Parents can watch on from below with a takeaway coffee from the cafe. Just be prepared to prise them away when it’s time for home!

Discover Shady Fern Glades on Forest Walks

Well-laid paths head off from Trengwainton’s formal lawns into densely wooded valleys known as the Fern Glades. Delve deep here along self-led forest rambles in search of sculptures tucked away or tasty blackberries to forage in late summer. Just remember a sense of direction to find your way back out!

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Try the Nature Trail and Spot Local Wildlife

Pick up a Nature Trail guide from reception then challenge the family to spot native wildlife on your garden walk. Butterflies, newts and little egret herons all call this place home if you know where to look. The gardens also support conservation projects to protect endangered bees, bats and hedgehogs.

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Take in Panoramic Sea Views

Part of Trengwainton’s delight comes from its lush gardens suddenly giving way to open grassy slopes boasting incredible vistas over Mount’s Bay. From certain angles iconic St Michael’s Mount appears to rise straight out the sea. Remember to capture some scenic family snaps while you’re here.

Refuel At The Old Kitchen Cafe

Treat yourself to a Cornish cream tea or woodfired pizzas at the contemporary indoor-outdoor Old Kitchen cafe set right within the gardens. Ingredients are sourced fresh each morning from across Cornwall to create tasty, sustainable dishes the whole family will appreciate.

The cafe’s large outdoor deck allows safe alfresco dining with views down across the Midday Garden. And the indoor space features a bespoke children’s area designed just for little ones complete with chalkboard, toys and books.

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Shop For Memorable Souvenirs

Don’t leave without browsing the well-stocked shop by the gates as you depart. Here you’ll discover quality gardening gifts, National Trust souvenirs plus locally made treats like fudge and biscuits that make great take-home presents from Cornwall. The shop also stocks picnic essentials should you forget anything!

Gardens of the National Trust Book

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Gardens of the National Trust” is a captivating guide that unveils the beauty of the National Trust’s diverse and meticulously cared-for gardens. Richly illustrated, the book offers inspiration and insight into the history, design, and horticultural wonders of these remarkable landscapes, making it an essential companion for garden enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed? – Yes, dogs on leads are welcome

Do I have to book ahead? – No you dont have to book

Nearby Family Attractions

With sweeping coastal outlooks and subtropical planting, Trengwainton Gardens makes for a fabulous family day out just on its own merits. However you can easily twin a visit here with other top family attractions found close by in West Cornwall:

  • Lands End – The iconic rocky Land’s End headland has stunning cliffside views and coastal scenery. Spot landmarks like Dr Syntax’s Head, walk scenic trails, or visit the visitor centre and shops.
  • Sennen Cove – Just a mile from Lands End is this pretty fishing village with white washed cottages. It has good surfing beaches, cafes and the popular Beach Life Surf School.
  • Geevor Tin Mine – Go underground at this preserved 18th century tin mine. Learn about the history of mining in Cornwall through the museum, see a working steam engine and explore surface buildings.
  • Tate St Ives – This picturesque harbour town has a sandy beach, charming narrow streets lined with galleries, shops and restaurants, plus galleries
  • St Michael’s Mount – Catch a ferry or walk across the causeway at low tide to explore this tidal island with a medieval church and castle, sub-tropical gardens and quaint harbour and village.
  • Minack Theatre – Watch an open-air performance at this uniquely constructed theatre set into the cliffs at Porthcurno, with beautiful panoramic views from the steep terraces.
  • Porthcurno – Just along from the Minack is this lovely sandy surfing and swimming beach, famous for its clear, azure blue waters. It has a cliffside cafe and the Telegraph Museum nearby.
  • Penzance Harbour and Promenade – Stroll along the redeveloped waterfront promenade of Penzance, then wander its old streets, art galleries and shops before dining out in one of the many seafood restaurants and bars.

Immerse the family in gardening stories spanning over 200 years as Trengwainton brings together culture, nature and panoramic scenery for an unforgettable Cornish adventure.

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