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

    A beautiful place, one of the gems of Penzance These gardens are one of the joys of Penzance, stunning blossom in the spring, and a very popular community sunbathing place in warm summers. The fountain at the top end is lovely to sit around on the provided seats, which fill quickly in nice weather. The path, which weaves around the gardens, provides a pleasant stroll. There is also a fenced garden with pond lower down the gardens from the fountain, below the house. A gunnera manicata (giant rhubarb) can be found close by.

    25 Nov 2015
  • 4 star rating

    Pretty Very pretty garden in the middle of Penzance. Impressive palm trees and plants. The entry is free, perfect place for a nice little stroll.

    Anna M
    16 Oct 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.

    15 Jul 2016
  • 5 star rating

    Beautiful hidden gem Well worth the effort. We walked through on several occasions and even though quite small found something fresh each time.

    03 Jul 2019
  • 5 star rating

    A haven of calm Such beautiful and unusual plants here obviously tended by professional and passionate gardeners who are always happy to stand for a moment to answer questions. Puzzling how they are obliged to wear ugly high viz clothing in such a tranquil setting. Doesn't fit in such a lovely setting. A wonderful place and perfect for a stroll through to Penzance town.

    Christine H
    07 Aug 2019

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