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
  • 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

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

    claire s
    08 Aug 2017
  • 5 star rating

    Beautiful and enchanting Lovely place to lose yourself - just sit on a bench and daydream or listen and watchthe birds. Old fashioned and soul soothing.

    A TripAdvisor Member
    29 May 2016
  • 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
  • 5 star rating

    Stunning In the middle of a town it is amazing to find such a beautiful subtropical garden. Kept to a high standard it was great to relax eating lunch and enjoying the plants. Perfect.

    We will keep returning

    Surfspanner
    07 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 […]

A granite retaining wall provides a sun-kissed environment for succulents, including the mighty Agave americana, opuntias, aloes and aeoniums.

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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