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.
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.
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.
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 YoungFriends 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 HughesFriends of Morrab Gardens Chairman
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 h06 Oct 2015
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!sunstarrr18 Jan 2016
Pretty and old world picturesque. I believe that Morab Gardens appeared during the Victorian period when so many green spaces in towns were opened. It is still charming to wind your way through the small park with its high metal gates and the most beautiful Bandstand.
One of my earliest memories, I was three years old, is of looking through the low metal railings surrounding the fishpond, gazing at the seemingly huge golden fish. The pleasurable emotion is reawakened whenever I visit the garden.
Do visit when you're in Penzance. It won't take up much time, it isn't a large space, but it is a delightful one.Hurricane13928 Jun 2017
A hidden and stunning gem in all seasons: in spring, the wonderful collection of Rhododendron, Camellias and Magnolias are in full bloom - lookout for the rare lime Magnolia.
In the summer, the lush green vegetation and large palm fronds offer the perfect shade for the bandstand performances. Winter comes late to Penzance and the garden maintains its deep greens - always a tonic and respite from winter.Nazar Aziz29 Mar 2019
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 […]
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 […]
The weather’s looking good for the weekend, so now is the time to enjoy our own great outdoors! Come and join us for a picnic around the Bandstand on Sunday […]