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

    Perfect for a bit of relaxation on a fine day Delightfully tranquil sub-tropical gardens which are perfect to relax in, and enjoy passing wildlife, after looking around the equally recommended Penlee Gallery and Museum.

    Robin A
    13 Sep 2020
  • Absolutely love this girl it's a spot of paradise in a busy time with many quiet corners I will definitely look it up again the next time I'm in Penzance

    Keith Hele
    13 May 2019
  • 5 star rating

    sub-tropical Victorian elegance in central Penzance. These Victorian sub-tropical gardens are an oasis in the centre of Penzance. There is a period charm to the place, which is a refreshing place to sit and linger awhile or to stroll through. It houses the rare early subscription Morrab Library - both are gems.

    Michelle B
    27 Oct 2015
  • 4 star rating

    This you must visit You could almost envisage yourself being in the riviera somewhere.The planting was extremely good with many tropical and exotic plants to vieww. Again although close to the town and roads it was a little haven of peace.

    24 Jun 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Wonderful gardens that surprise anyone who finds them. The gardens are well tended and a surprise to find hidden behind the main area of the town. Very quiet and relaxing.

    28 Aug 2019

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D for DH Lawrence, Darwin and his Dogs: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

In Julia’s Morrab Miscellany through the alphabet we arrive at D, where we learn about DH Lawrence and the time he and his wife Frieda spent in West Cornwall, and how Charles Darwin’s beloved dogs helped him develop his influential ideas.

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