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

    Lovely gardens and park We walked through these gardens and there was a family carnival atmosphere on the Saturday afternoon of the Gowlyon festival weekend. Nice flowers and plants and grassy areas for relaxing.

    24 Jun 2018
  • 4 star rating

    Very tropical We have visited these gardens at different times of the year when visiting Penzance and never been disappointed it is always very clean and quite tranquil even on a cold winter day the whole area is very well cared for and well worth a visit especially if you are picnicking.

    Sonia B
    20 Dec 2016
  • 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
  • A special and unique garden, although not large, there are contained many rare and various tropical species here.

    Geoffrey Earl
    21 Feb 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Good gardens on the tourist trail On the tourist trail, the attractive Morrab Gardens are worth a stop. They are quite small but they are very well maintained and there is a lot to see. The planting is very well thought out and there are many interesting plants and views.

    We especially liked the small pond with a water fountain and the bandstand. It was pleasant to sit on one of the many benches and watch the world go by.

    A TripAdvisor Member
    30 Sep 2017

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