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

    Very well maintained I stumbled upon this place while searching for somewhere else. It was an interesting selection of plants and is very well maintained and although it was getting towards the end of the day a lot of people were enjoying a chat with friends in the park.

    28 Aug 2017
  • 5 star rating

    a hidden oasis Morrab Gardens is an unexpected delight close to the middle of Penzance - folk could visit Pz for decades without knowing it exists.

    Successive cutbacks have reduced its staff, so huge kudos to the gardener who keeps this sub-tropical gem looking so good.

    28 Nov 2015
  • 5 star rating

    Surprising and beautiful Lovely gardens with wonderful plants and flowers. A nice piece of peace and tranquility away from the shops etc.

    09 Sep 2016
  • 4 star rating

    Interesting walk around gardens Small beautifully formed gardens with many interesting trees and flower beds. Can spend many an hour walking round

    Suzanne R
    05 Oct 2017
  • 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

Latest news

April Plant Sale

The Friends of Morrab Garden are our “supporters’ group”, helping with practical tasks as volunteers in the Gardens and raising funds to plants, tools and other equipment to help maintain […]

Spring Plant Sale

With the weather looking better for the next week, our thoughts are turning to sowing, planting and getting ready for long summer days in the gardens! So there’s a great […]

The yearly pleasure of flowers that return each spring

Flowering bulbs are so rewarding in any garden, no matter how big or small.  We can, with an easy conscience, ignore them for most of the year but they will […]

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