A region of craggy cliffs, sheltered creeks, glorious sandy beaches and quintessential villages – rich in local life, pagan legend and delicious, locally-made food and drink.
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Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)|www.nationaltrust.org.uk
This delightful 40-acre National Trust garden is best known for its year-round display of colourful blooms – notably camellias, rhododendrons, photinia and azaleas – and rare plants and shrubs, in shelterbelts that were created 200 years ago.
The site takes in a water tower, four summerhouses, lawns, beds, and an additional 375 acres of parkland and woodland with extensive walking trails. Set on a peninsula, there are lovely views over the estuary and Falmouth throughout – which may be enjoyed from the tea room in the manor house.
Getting there & doing it
As it’s right on the River Fal, many visitors arrive by boat. Take a ferry from Truro, Falmouth or St Mawes – the garden has its own landing stages and the journey is lovely. If you’re driving, car parking is available, and free to National Trust members. The nearest station is Truro; it’s about 4 miles, so take a taxi or the ferry from there.
It’s possible to stay in the historic Water Tower, located within the gardens and converted into a holiday cottage, with spiral staircases and a single circular room on each of the four floors.
When to do it
It’s open all year round, seven days a week.
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