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

    Subtropical gardens & wildlife-spotting Free to visit - an unexpected find in the back streets of Penzance. Visited on a rainy winters day but it felt like being transported to another country with a variety of subtropical plants (including some great tree ferns) and wildlife - was very excited to spot a kingfisher! Apparently the gardens are also home to stick insects and hedgehogs but didn't spot any of those, maybe next time!

    18 Jan 2016
  • Absolutely love this girl it's a spot of paradise in a busy time with many quiet corners I will definitely look it up again the next time I'm in Penzance

    Keith Hele
    13 May 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Great garden with a cat Delightful and well-maintained garden that invites visitors to wander its paths or sit on one of its many benches-- many of which are personal memorials. We enjoyed the variety of plants and the carryings on of the resident cat.

    24 Oct 2017
  • 5 star rating

    Annual Visit More about Gardens is one of the reasons Penzance is such a nice town to visit. A hidden gem tucked away and well worth a visit. Some fantastic plants and a nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery.

    13 Sep 2017
  • 4 star rating

    Exotic Garden. I discovered this garden whilst looking for our guest house. It is planted with many exotic & tender plants & features a bandstand, ornamental fountain & a Boer war memorial statue plus a pond.
    Despite being a very pleasant & interesting garden it has obviously seen better days. Some of the older plant specimens need attention but I guess the cost of maintaining this garden to a high standard is beyond local resources.
    A good botanist should get in there & catalogue the place.

    keith h
    06 Oct 2015

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