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Trengwainton Garden

Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
Two car parks plus separate mobility parking available close to café and 100 yards from garden entrance. Drop-off point available near reception.

About Trengwainton Garden

A sheltered garden that’s nestled between the moors and the sea and nurtures an award-winning plant collection. Winding wooded paths climb to an open, grassy terrace with sea views across Mount’s Bay.

A gentle stream runs through the centre and the carriage drive is bordered by colourful streamside planting and meadows.

Ten sections of walled gardens each have their own unique character, including the kitchen garden built in 1815 to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark.

There’s a café, gift shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop.

Discover the journeys of the plant hunters

When the Bolitho family donated Trengwainton Garden to the National Trust in 1961, it was the significance of the plant collection that made it so special.

Some of the rhododendrons you see at Trengwainton were largely grown from seed gathered in north-east Assam and upper Burma by Frank Kingdon-Ward on his 1927-8 expedition.

Thanks to his passion and bravery, plants that started life on the side of a hill in the Far East, now have their home in the far south-west of Cornwall.

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Public Transport Links

A regular bus service stops right outside the garden gates.

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What Visitors Say

"A peaceful setting with so much to see. The kitchen gardens and woodland walks are so beautiful. They have a wonderful bookshop in the grounds with a huge selection of material to read. We bought plenty of cooking apples from the orchard for 50p! Well worth the visit but make sure to put aside at least half a day to fully appreciate this place."
"Lovely gardens away from the usual holiday traffic. Simple trail for the kids which definitely kept our 9 year old engaged all the way round! Lovely and thoughtful planting with lots of more exotic plants. Lots of areas covered in trees or taller plants providing cover from the Cornish rain! Tearoom was typical of National Trust tearooms with nice garden to sit in too if the sun shines."
"Amazing curated garden by the National Trust with huge variety of plants to explore in their own environment. particularly noticeable the collection of rhododendrons which come in many colours and shapes."

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs on short leads are welcome throughout the garden and café garden (assistance dogs only inside the café).
How accessible is the garden?
The garden is on an incline and around 75% is accessible to wheelchair users; the main drive is tarmac and other paths are gravel. An electric mobility scooter is available to hire. See Trengwainton’s website for full access details.

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