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
  • 4 star rating

    A little haven of quiet Tucked away is the Morrab Gardens, adjacent to the Morrab Library. If you want to have a few moments of peace and quiet - this is the place to go in central Penzance. In October most of the colourful lilies have faded and gone to seed but there is a sweet little fountain and plenty of benches to sit upon.

    Geraldine O
    20 Oct 2015
  • 4 star rating

    A peaceful garden to visit Morrab Gardens are in the centre of Penzance but are an oasis of calm. Beautifully laid out, with a central fountain and lots of benches to sit and admire. There are lots of interesting trees and shrubs, and I just wish they were named. The agapanthus are beautiful, as only Cornwall can do. This is definitely a good place to come and have a break from shopping, being a tourist or working. Just down the road from Penlee House, so combining the two makes a great day.

    01 Aug 2019
  • 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

    07 May 2017
  • 4 star rating

    Haven of tranquillity. Beautiful, tranquil gardens. Pleasant surprise to see so many plants still flowering in mid October, and away from all the hustle and bustle of Penzance sea front. Peaceful oasis.

    14 Oct 2020
  • 5 star rating

    A haven of beauty Packed full of beautiful shrubs trees and plants. A lovely quiet place to sit and ponder the peace and quiet. Caring dedicated people care for this place.

    Christine H
    15 Jan 2019

Latest news

Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

NEW FOR 2021! This year the website will be hosting a fortnightly blog. JULIA GRIGG’S MORRAB MISCELLANY will showcase writing on all things gardening.
It will go through the year from A-Z.
‘Come take a stroll with me through the alphabet,’ invites Julia. Start with the 1st January entry to see what she’s gathered together under the letter A.

B for Boscawen, Branwell and Bennetts: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Continuing her stroll through the alphabet, Julia Grigg reaches B and finds exotic trees and shrubs, an inspirational aunt and a music-loving ship owner and coal merchant

A for Acclimatisation: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

‘Come take a stroll with me through the alphabet,’ invites Julia Grigg. Start on the 1st January entry to read about plants from far-flung lands that have acclimatised to growing conditions in Cornwall.

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