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

    unusual plants and trees, some planted many years ago. shrubs and flowers, a band stand, fountain, lots of benches and seats in various places. in spring and summer this is a favourite place for local families to picnic. dogs on leads only.

    04 Jun 2019
  • 5 star rating

    A look while in penzance We decided to look while in town
    Its well stocked with plants and no rubish laying around has a founting a bandstand the flower. Beds are well kept and grass is looked after well

    Mark D
    27 Sep 2015
  • 5 star rating

    A delight Peaceful meanderings. Sit and watch the world gaze at the Beautiful Gardens. Sit and rest. The hill is made easier climb whilst your mind is taken by the different trees and tropical plants

    24 May 2019
  • 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

    Very pretty gardens The gardens are interesting and very pretty. Lots of places to sit and relax. Easy to find in the middle of Penzance - perfect !

    21 Aug 2017

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