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

    Hidden Treasure On my recent holiday in Cornwall I needed a place to think and reflect on the events of the last six months and on a walk around Penzance I found it in the wonderful shape of the Morrab Gardens!

    Elizabeth C
    22 Jun 2016
  • 5 star rating

    We stumbled accross these Gards what a pleasant surprise I am glad we found this hidden gem just off church street. Lots of wild life to see and lots of trees and flowers great place to visit

    A TripAdvisor Member
    14 Jun 2018
  • 4 star rating

    Beautiful hidden garden Easy to find, just go up the street by the Queens Hotel off the marine parade. An enchanting garden with a pavillion and a lovely pond. Good planting, lots of shady places and palm plants. Do not miss it, and free!

    02 Sep 2018
  • 5 star rating

    Annual Visit More about Gardens is one of the reasons Penzance is such a nice town to visit. A hidden gem tucked away and well worth a visit. Some fantastic plants and a nice place to sit and enjoy the scenery.

    13 Sep 2017
  • 4 star rating

    Hidden Gem We stumbled on these gardens on a very hot day and were pleased to enjoy the mixture of light and shade, as well as the variety of plants and landscaping with the eye-catching pops of colour and glimpses of the surrounding town through the shrubs and trees. A nice alternative to the promenade on a windy day too.

    27 May 2017

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