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

    Morrab Gardens Beautiful sub-tropical garden in the center of Penzance, replete with a fountain and Regency Bandstand

    susie v
    05 Feb 2019
  • 5 star rating

    Don't miss this spectacular garden if you are in Penzance The Morrab Gardens are well worth a visit if you are in the Penzance area. You will be astonished at the variety of tropical plants growing here, all in a carefully tended and beautifully appointed award-winning garden. It's a great place to take a break and collect some really stunning photographs. Nearly half of my favourite Penzance snaps were taken here. And it won't cost you anything. Huge blue hydrangeas, hedges of fuschias, agapanthus, palm trees, and lots of exotic plants. The statuary and fountains are also worth seeing.

    20 Sep 2015
  • 5 star rating

    Hidden Treasure On my recent holiday in Cornwall I needed a place to think and reflect on the events of the last six months and on a walk around Penzance I found it in the wonderful shape of the Morrab Gardens!

    Elizabeth C
    22 Jun 2016
  • 5 star rating

    size The gardens are in the centre of Penzance so easily found. If travelling to Penzance by car leave it at the main carpark and walk into town.Quite a small garden but the twisty paths gives the illusion of being much bigger. A pond, flowers and shrubs and if you've very lucky a squirrel or two. A pleasent place to wander.

    24 Oct 2017
  • 5 star rating

    Best park in Cornwall The gardeners work daily thoughout the year and having lived here a few years, it’s just lovely to walk through, relax or just read as many people do. Perfect.

    Christopher B
    09 Jul 2018

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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! […]

April Plant Sale

The Friends of Morrab Garden are our “supporters’ group”, helping with practical tasks as volunteers in the Gardens and raising funds to plants, tools and other equipment to help maintain […]

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