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

    Relaxing Walkabout A relaxing and gentle walkabout, ideal for de-stressing. Morrab Gardens has lots of different plants and trees, two ponds, a bandstand and water feature. This was my first visit and I managed to see two squirrels, although there are lots of birds around also. Will definitely return....

    19 Aug 2018
  • Morrab Gardens is a lovely oasis in Penzance. Its a great place to have a picnic, or just sit and watch the animals. The gardens are very pretty and picturesque. Even on windy days it’s normally warm as it is very sheltered.

    kenneth giles
    13 Oct 2020
  • 5 star rating

    Morrab Gardens Beautiful sub-tropical garden in the center of Penzance, replete with a fountain and Regency Bandstand

    susie v
    05 Feb 2019
  • 5 star rating

    Peace full Lovely gardens I take my grandchildren there, plenty of space for children and dogs to run and play, nice just to walk around see the flowers

    annette w
    19 Feb 2019
  • 4 star rating

    Pretty and old world picturesque. I believe that Morab Gardens appeared during the Victorian period when so many green spaces in towns were opened. It is still charming to wind your way through the small park with its high metal gates and the most beautiful Bandstand.
    One of my earliest memories, I was three years old, is of looking through the low metal railings surrounding the fishpond, gazing at the seemingly huge golden fish. The pleasurable emotion is reawakened whenever I visit the garden.
    Do visit when you're in Penzance. It won't take up much time, it isn't a large space, but it is a delightful one.

    28 Jun 2017

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P for Pruning, Perfume and Poetry: Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

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