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 peaceful Oasis So close to the centre of town but so quite and peaceful.Amazing tropical plants.Well worth a picnic in the summer

    Andy M
    03 Jan 2016
  • 5 star rating

    Well Kept Gardens Must admit it did have a sub tropical feel to the gardens. Extremely well kept and very tranquil for an easy stroll.

    10 Sep 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Love this Place Morrab Gardens is a wonderful secluded garden and has been beautifully tended for years. It is as beautiful now as it was back in the 70's when I was teenager. It is worth a visit to wander through this sub-tropical garden.

    25 Oct 2017
  • 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
  • 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.

    14 Jun 2018

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Summer Picnic in the Gardens

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In Morrab Gardens, Penzance - photo by Andy Reid

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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.

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