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Brief description of Trebah Garden

These spectacular sub tropical gardens are located on the south west coast of Cornwall, within a few minutes drive of Falmouth, between the village of Mawnan Smith and the Helford Estuary.

Trebah Garden and the Helford River featured in Caroline Quentin’s TV series on Cornwall in 2013.

The extreme south west of Cornwall has one of the mildest climates in the British Isles resulting in many exotic plants flourishing that cannot survive in other parts of the country.

The 26 acres of Trebah Garden that sweep down through a wooded valley to the shores of the beautiful Helford estuary contain many such plants.


Acclaimed as being amongst the finest gardens in the world they are best known for their spectacular spring display of one hundred year old Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons.

This is followed later in the year by an expansive swathe of stunning, blue and white, Hydrangeas that coat the valley floor in Hydrangea Valley.


Mass stands of Bamboo (Bamboozle) and Giant Gunnera plants (Gunnera Passage), exotic tree ferns, palms, borders of exotic shrubs and flowers including a special display of South American flowering plants and a series of enchanting ponds are just some of the features of the garden to be enjoyed by visitors.

The view up the valley from Mallard Pond towards the house over the picturesque bridge is well known.

Construction of an open air amphitheatre began in 2012.

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What are the sat nav coordinates for Trebah Garden? The mapping and sat nav co-ordinates are set out below:
Grid reference: Ordnance Survey Landranger maps SW767273
Latitude/longitude: 50.104490N and 5.123067W
Post code: TR11 5LA

How far is Trebah from Falmouth? From the centre of Falmouth it is little more than a 10 minute drive via Swanpool and Maenporth beaches and the village of Mawnan Smith. Care should be taken as along this part of the coast the road is narrow in places.

Frequently asked questions for Trebah Garden

Is there a gift shop? Yes, the award winning visitor centre has gifts for all the family and a gallery. Opening times are between 10 and 5pm throughout the year.

Can you buy plants at the gardens? Yes, Trebah plant centre is attached to the visitors centre with plants cultivated in the gardens on sale in the visitors all the year round.

Is there a café? Yes, the Planters Café prides itself on a seasonal menu and locally sourced produce. There is also the Boathouse Café on the beach which is open from March to October serving coffees and teas and Cornish ice cream.

What are the opening Times? Trebah Garden is open every day of the year from 10am to dusk. The last entry time is 5pm.

Can visitors to Trebah Garden reach the beach from the gardens? Yes, the paths leading down through the garden lead out onto a lovely secluded beach on the magnificent Helford Estuary.

Are dogs allowed in Trebah Garden? Yes, dogs are welcome in the gardens and on the beach but must be kept on a lead. Four dog bins are located in the gardens and complimentary poop scoops are provided to dog owners upon entry.

Does Trebah Garden provide entertainment for children? Yes, the gardens are specially geared for families of all ages with special play areas including Tarzan’s Camp, Fort Stuart and paragliding. The gardens also offer special childrens trails, seasonal trails and childrens adventure parties. Further information on organised children’s events can be obtained by phoning.

Does Trebah Garden cater for disadvantaged visitors and can a wheelchair be pushed around the gardens? Yes, within the buildings there are full facilities which are easily accessed. In the garden the paths are well maintained but those leading down the valley to the beach do slope.

What are the best times to visit Trebah Garden? The gardens offer much to be appreciated throughout the year but are probably best known for their spring collection of Azalea and Rhododendron. Other highlights include the Hydrangeas that carpet the valley floor between July and August.

Who owns Trebah Garden? The gardens were passed to the Trebah garden Trust in 1990. Since then the gardens have flourished to become one of Cornwall’s most popular visitor attractions. The history of Trebah makes fascinating reading with records going back as far as the Doomsday Book. As well as having some noteworthy private owners and having a close association with Victorian plant collectors, the beach was the embarking place for 7500 American soldiers during the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy.

Where can you park at Trebah Garden? A large free car park is located close to the entrance within easy walking distance.

What other gardens are near to Trebah Garden

Visitors are spoilt for choice with gardens such as Glendurgan and Trelissick within a few minutes drive.

There are also a number of lovely parks and gardens in Falmouth.

What other beaches are near to Trebah Garden?

The beach at the foot of the valley is Polgwidden Cove but nearby sandy beaches include Maenporth, Gyllyngvase, Swanpool beach and the little coves of the Helford estuary.

What walking can be done near Trebah Garden?

What coastal walks are there nearby Trebah Garden? Spectacular coastal walks can be enjoyed all along the nearby South West Coast Path.

A particular favourite is the walk from Rosemullion Head to the mouth of the Helford River and following the path inland down the northern side of the estuary.

What accommodation in near Trebah Garden?

There are plenty of places to stay in and around Falmouth.

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