Welcome to Morrab Gardens

About The Gardens


The quality of a public space gives a strong impression of an area. It is part of what gives a town its identity, and local residents a sense of civic pride.

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Friends of Morrab


The Friends are a lively group of people who share a love of the gardens. Some volunteer their help in the greenhouses and the grounds, others like to get involved with fundraising, especially at the annual summer fete.

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How to find us


Morrab Gardens is located in the heart of Penzance, just off the town centre and has been looked after by the Council since it was bought in 1888.

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Every day something fresh, something new:
camellias dripping with early morning rain,
wave upon wave of magnolia, perfect white to deep lilac,
first daffodils, crocuses under the trees,
Open spaces filled with flowers, smell of spring grass-mowing.
Secluded walks, hidden pond – one bright pink water lily.
Children playing in the bandstand, teenagers’ meeting place,
summer picnics on the grass,
fountain playing, small birds drinking.
Red sumac leaves caught and turned in the wind,
gossip on the corners.
A pair of gulls trampling the wet grass for worms,
early frost on leaves, frozen spiders’ webs.
At night, dark tree tunnels

Penny Young

Friends of Morrab Gardens Member

Like most of the houses in the centre of Penzance, my terraced house has a very small garden. It was, therefore, a real joy to discover Morrab Gardens with its wonderful collection of sub-tropical plants. And even better, to meet Joe the head gardener who was more than happy to let me loose with a spade and a wheelbarrow. My favourite time of year in the Gardens is the spring when the daffodils are in full bloom and the magnolia trees are truly magnificent. I love taking my dog for a walk in the early morning before many people are about. Because I wanted to become more involved I joined the Friends of Morrab Gardens and have made some really good friends and learnt some useful gardening skills along the way.

Rosie Hughes

Friends of Morrab Gardens Chairman
  • 5 star rating

    we were on holiday in penzance and came across these gardens by chance. these gardens are beautiyfull ideal for a steady walk a sit down and enjoy the views,or you can take your sandwiches,tea coffee and let the day go by this would be a gardeners paradise.we can recomend it.

    04 Jul 2018
  • Gorgeous space with loads of benches and other places to relax. Very well kept with not just tropical plants but also animals such as squirrels and hedgehogs. It's very quiet and peaceful; a perfect place to relax, draw, read or stroll about in.

    Ronnie Hotdogs
    12 Apr 2019
  • 5 star rating

    Garden from another era This beautifully manicured garden should not be missed by a visitor to Penzance. It offers many unusual plants and flowers all year round.

    31 Jan 2016
  • 5 star rating

    A wonderful oasis A little gem, beautifully presented and kept garden, wide selection of exotic trees, bushes and shrubs. Plenty of benches and shady spots.

    Rebecca M
    07 Jul 2018
  • 4 star rating

    A lovely find These gardens are well worth a visit as they are full of fascinating and exotic plants, shrubs and trees - all beautifully maintained. A great place to wander round and relax.

    Michael B
    05 May 2017

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In Morrab Gardens, Penzance - photo by Andy Reid

Images of Morrab

Local photographer Andy Reid recently sent us some more of his photos, capturing the intricate detail of flowers and plant structures that he finds in the Gardens. Andy has done […]

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A first visit to Morrab

An account of a visit to Morrab Gardens by top garden blogger Dan Cooper, who writes on horticultural topics as The Frustrated Gardener. Dan visited in mid-March, after seeing Instagram posts of our magnolias, and was not disappointed.

A secret garden

One of our favourite summer treats is a leisurely stroll around someone else’s garden on a Sunday afternoon – especially if there’s tea and cake at the end of it! […]

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