Welcome to Morrab Gardens

About The Gardens

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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

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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

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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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Testimonials

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

    A little ossis Lovely gardens and very peaceful. Plenty of benches in different parts of the park for different outlooks. Doesn't feel like a town park at all.

    Flyer20244232742
    13 Jun 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Tranquil and beautiful gardens Visited by accident as just round the corner from my hotel. Spent a lovely 45 minutes wandering the gardens. Great place for a picnic lunch.

    James B
    02 Oct 2016
  • 5 star rating

    Lovely Garden Really pretty well maintained and clean garden. Lovely for an evening stroll. Lots of benches to sit.

    missholiday123
    10 Aug 2017
  • 4 star rating

    Well worth a visit A haven of calm in Penzance. It was a mix of shady areas and open spaces, well planned with interesting plants.

    Ange44wales
    15 Jul 2016
  • 5 star rating

    Hidden 'sub-tropical' gardens in Penzance We took a brief peek inside these public gardens in Penzance and were totally amazed by what we found- a stunning collection of wierd and wonderful exotic plants set in a stunningly beautiful and well-maintained garden. These gardens need to be better known and listed as being of historical importance. Our visit was in mid-March and already there were so many beautiful trees and shrubs in flower. An enchanted place, we felt we had stepped aside from the real world. What an incredible asset for the town.

    Peter E
    25 Mar 2016

Latest news

Early Spring Plant Sale

The Friends of Morrab Gardens and our volunteers are holding our first plant sale of 2020 in aid of the gardens this weekend. We will be pleased to welcome you […]

Inspired by Morrab Gardens

Throughout the ages artists have drawn inspiration from the natural world, and at Morrab Gardens we are pleased to welcome artists who capture the fascinating beauty of plants in their […]

Year-round colour in the gardens

As we reach the end of October with autumn storms raging, it’s good to remember the Gardens hold attractions all year round. And when the weather lets up, we’ll be […]

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