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

    peaceful place Lovely area. Relaxing. Beautiful trees, fountain area. A few minutes walk from the town centre. Stress free.

    claire s
    08 Aug 2017
  • 4 star rating

    Pleasant Oasis Took my jacket potato there, looking for a bench. It was a nice gathering place for a variety of families with a fountain and lots,of shade and benches. The gardens were lush and peaceful.

    19 Jun 2016
  • 5 star rating

    Beautiful A real treat to find such a beautiful oasis in the middle of Penzance. Make time to take a wander as the gardens are delightful. Well planned, well stocked and someone takes a lot of trouble to keep them looking that good.

    21 Dec 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Winter stroll We enjoyed a stroll round the gardens even though it was late in the season. Very well kept. Good for a picnic if the weather had been better.

    Lynn P
    12 Dec 2017
  • 5 star rating

    Lovely Gardens Lovely gardens right in middle of Penzance.
    Clean and well kept. Handy as a short cut into town.
    Please keep it this way!

    20 Feb 2019

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On this day 130 years ago – the official opening of Morrab Gardens

It is exactly 130 years ago – on Friday 27th September 1889 – that Morrab Gardens was officially opened.  It must have been a grand occasion for the town, with […]

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