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

    Aways a pleasure to walk through. As I live just outside Penzance I often walk through the park on my way to the town, it is very well kept and a credit to those who tend to the gardens. Well worth a visit for anybody visiting Penzance.

    Rppz
    14 Jun 2018
  • 4 star rating

    Great garden with a cat Delightful and well-maintained garden that invites visitors to wander its paths or sit on one of its many benches-- many of which are personal memorials. We enjoyed the variety of plants and the carryings on of the resident cat.

    FineMind
    24 Oct 2017
  • 5 star rating

    A look while in penzance We decided to look while in town

    Its well stocked with plants and no rubish laying around has a founting a bandstand the flower. Beds are well kept and grass is looked after well

    Mark D
    27 Sep 2015
  • 5 star rating

    Even in January, it seems almost subtropical Definitely worth a visit. Located in a lovely quarter of Penzance surrounded by a neighbourhood of wonderful (mainly Regency) streets somehow Time has forgotten. Just wander about and enjoy 'someplace else'!

    A TripAdvisor Member
    22 Jan 2018
  • 4 star rating

    Pleasant walk through tropical gardens Walked through these gardens when in Penzance. Wont take too long but lots of interesting tropical plants to view.

    Steve A
    29 Aug 2018

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