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

    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

    Hidden Gem We stumbled on these gardens on a very hot day and were pleased to enjoy the mixture of light and shade, as well as the variety of plants and landscaping with the eye-catching pops of colour and glimpses of the surrounding town through the shrubs and trees. A nice alternative to the promenade on a windy day too.

    27 May 2017
  • 5 star rating

    A beautiful, hidden garden We discovered the gardens as a cut through but made sure we visited again. The magnolias were magnificent and we were surprised by the variety of unusual plants. Well worth a stroll.

    A TripAdvisor Member
    11 Apr 2016
  • 5 star rating

    quiet spot we just went for a walk through the gardens in was quiet lovely place to sit and watch the world go by

    Carol G
    29 Jul 2019
  • 5 star rating

    Tropical England For public gardens, these are full of fantasy, that strange mixture of planting which thrives in certain corners of Cornwall: plenty of palms. The spaces are nicely done, lots of people can sit in comparative privacy, in the nooks and crannies. It invites picnics: but the ground may well be wet.

    Stephanie F
    16 Sep 2016

Latest news

National Plant Collections and Night-Scented plants: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Julia visits a local garden to see one of the National Collections, and chooses Night-Scented plants for her own house.

A Mixed bag for this Miscellany!: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Julia Grigg celebrates Morrab’s magnificent magnolias and the flower motifs of William Morris’s designs, and visits the Garden Museum. But Julia starts this Miscellany with the meditative poetry of Andrew Marvel

Lilies in full bloom, growing in containers at the front of a Penzance house.

Lilies and Pleached Limes: Julia Grigg's Morrab Miscellany

Reaching L in her Morrab Miscellany, Julia Grigg enjoys the heady scent of lilies, explores the landscapes of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and admires the pleached limes at Sissinghurst.

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