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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We would love to hear what you think of the Morrab Gardens. Please use our Contact form to let us know about your experience of the gardens.  And don’t forget to rate us on Google and TripAdvisor!

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 lose 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

Latest news

The Gardeners’ House project launches crowdfunding campaign

Our friends at the Gardeners’ House Project have launched a Crowdfunder page raising funds to rebuild the old dilapidated stable block in Morrab Gardens, creating a wonderful community and multi-use space. The Stable […]

Buy a plant for Morrab

Time and tides wait for no man and the same is true of shrubs and trees. Over the years specimens have been lost to weather, disease and just old age […]

West Cornwall Garden Club meeting, Thursday 29 March

WEST CORNWALL GARDEN CLUB   The Club’s next meeting  will be on Thursday 29 March, at 7.30 p.m., at the British Legion Hall, Heamoor.  Roy Mann, Operations Manager at the National […]

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