At the centre of the 40 acre garden is its display of camellias, rhododendrons, tree ferns, flowering cherries and hydrangeas. These are underplanted with spring bulbs and a collection of photinia and azaleas.

Stand on the terrace in front of the neo-Greek Ionic portico and matching Ionic Palm House and enjoy the magnificent views over the Fal estuary.

Extensive walks through the beautiful woodland are well marked. There’s a lake, small cascade and a thatched hexagonal summerhouse built in 1996.

In 1960s, the Trust developed a new part of the garden, Carcaddon, which is accessed via a footbridge and has similar plantings to the rest of the garden.

A magnificent Cryptomeria japonica is at the centre of the sloping lawn while there is a Scented Garden near the shop.

Instead of a car, arrive at the gardens by ferry. Boats leave from Falmouth, Truro or St Mawes – check Fal River website for details. There is a steep uphill walk from the ferry which is not suitable for wheelchair users.

National Trust members visit for free.

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Address: Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL View map Phone: 01872 862090 Length of visit: 3-4 hours
Dogs - some areas: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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