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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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

    Even in January, it seems almost subtropical Definitely worth a visit. Located in a lovely quarter of Penzance surrounded by a neighbourhood of wonderful (mainly Regency) streets somehow Time has forgotten. Just wander about and enjoy 'someplace else'!

    22 Jan 2018
  • 4 star rating

    Tranquil and beautiful gardens Visited by accident as just round the corner from my hotel. Spent a lovely 45 minutes wandering the gardens. Great place for a picnic lunch.

    James B
    02 Oct 2016
  • 5 star rating

    beautiful sub tropical garden This is one of the loveliest ways to come up to Penzance Town from the prom and Queens Hotel area. Full of fabulous flowers and plants and beautifully maintained.

    christine h
    05 Nov 2016
  • 5 star rating

    nice spot for a break Quiet paths, interesting plants, and a lovely library (3 pounds a day) if you need a quiet place to relax and refresh.

    15 Jul 2019
  • 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

Latest news

Fountain in the Islamic Paradise Garden of the Alcazaba of Almería, Spain.

Paradise Gardens – an inspiration for garden enthusiasts: Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

Gardens have long been a place for reflection and contemplation, for seeking inspiration. In her Morrab Miscellany, Julia Grigg considers classic examples of a tranquil space, the Paradise Gardens, from their origins in ancient Persia to their adoption throughout the Islamic world and beyond.

H for Hypatia and her heritage: Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany

From the brilliance of Hypatia in late antiquity to the achievements of 20th century women, Julia Grigg’s Morrab Miscellany starts in the cultural centre of the Mediterranean world and follows Hypatia’s heritage to present-day West Penwith through the work of our friends in the Hypatia Trust.

The Morrab House stable block, which is the location of the proposed Gardeners' House, a home at the heart of Morrab Gardens for all things gardening

Gardeners’ houses from Morrab to Sandringham: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Taking her cue from the project to restore an unused building in Morrab Gardens, Julia takes a virtual tour of Gardeners’ houses – from modest cottages to the grandest estates – around Britain.

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