the classic guide

A guide to the West Country from the people that know…

Best gardens in Cornwall

The climate changes the further you head west and that has influenced the plant life, with moorland heathers to subtropical paradises springing up all over the county. Here are three that our guests think to be the best gardens in Cornwall.

The Longcross Hotel and Gardens

A splendid example of Victorian gardens, with views over out to sea being the icing on your cake, to be eaten on the terrace once you’re done exploring. They welcome children, so it’s a lovely place to visit for a day trip with the family.


Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

Not strictly a garden, but it is so well presented it is a joy just to wander around. And there’s a café and shop for not so green-fingered. The setting is a delight with views over Restormel Castle and gorgeous green countryside.


Endsleigh Hotel and Gardens

Treat yourself to a luxury dining experience, or just wander the public gardens before enjoying a cream tea. Admire the formal gardens with lead down to the River Tamar then skip across the streams around the magical dells until you discover the arboretum beyond. The head gardener will even give you a guided tour.

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