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Address: Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ, England
Phone Number: 01326 252020
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Description: Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun...
Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles.Find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip-trees and ponds teeming with wildlife. Learn about the Fox family who created this 'small peace [sic] of heaven on earth.'
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We stopped off here to on our way to a weeks holiday in St Ives. Family of 5 with 3 kids of 12, 10 & 3. The gardens are amazing with beautiful flowers, the pathways are easy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped off here to on our way to a weeks holiday in St Ives. Family of 5 with 3 kids of 12, 10 & 3. The gardens are amazing with beautiful flowers, the pathways are easy and wind down to the beautiful if stoney beach (ideal for an ice cream!). The maze and Giants slide are great for kids.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The plants at the top are interesting and in many cases unusual, some are named but invariably not the ones you'd like to know about. Further down there is a wonderful display of blue aquilegias. The maze is a hit with the children and, if the right age - probably 6 - 10- so is the Giant's Stride. The beach... More 

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a really beautiful garden with some unusual plants. In places, it has a real sub-tropical feel and some lovely vistas. We were there when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons were in bloom so it was particularly colourful. It's nice that you can walk all the way down to Durgan beach at the bottom of the property and explore the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Had a lovely visit here during the Easter holidays. We went to both Trebah gardens and here and enjoyed both equally. The kids really enjoyed the maze, we all must have been lost in there for nearly an hour before we managed to get out! We then had a gentle walk down to the very pretty beach at the end... More 

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Torquay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The place has a history, a family still lives in the house, the plants from all over the world and well planned. the walk to the sea village and beach is a must.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Have spent several visits here, each time really enjoyed ourselves. Nice cafe, nice little gift shop and garden nursery. Clean toilets, and helpful staff. The gardens are wonderful, the maze is fun, and finishing off down on the small beach is lovely. A truly magical time spent with family.

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We have been staying in St Mawes for several years and have not previously ventured much on to the Helford river side of Falmouth. We were torn between Trebah and Glendurgan and opted for the latter as we are NT members. This has to be one of the best gardens we have visited in the UK - and that includes... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear PVilly, Thank you so much for coming to see us and also for your heart-warming review. It genuinely delights us all to read such praise, especially from experienced garden visitors such as yourselves. I'm thrilled to read also that you're planning to return. You may enjoy the magnolias in the latter part of March or the dramatic season of... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A wonderful place to walk and enjoy an amazing collection of exotic plants. The tree ferns especially were just at their best.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear A M, Thanks for coming to see us at Glendurgan. I'm glad you enjoyed the aquilegias and the maze. If you'd like any plants identified which were not labelled then do get in touch with us at glendurgan@nationaltrust.org.uk - we'd be happy to help. It's great for us to have Trebah so close as many of our visitors explore... More 

Brandon, Florida, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

After a rain filled drive from Holsworthy in May 7th, my wife an I arrived to find the Gardens closed due to violent weather. At Falmouth it had stopped raining, the sun came out and we had hight hopes. Of course the wind was blowing hurricane force, something we know about because we're from Florida and in 2004 were married... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Bill B, I'm delighted to read that you persevered and came back to Glendurgan. Thank you for your very kind comments about the garden. It looks like you understand why we had to close that day. We can't be too careful when it comes to the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Jon O'Donoghue Manager. More 

Leighton Buzzard
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95 reviews 95 reviews
16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We visited this National Trust garden in the middle of a gale but despite the gusty weather the garden was wonderful. A series of paths wind down the sheltered valley to the sea with stunning displays of native spring flowers as well as delightful exotic plantings. Mature examples of rare trees and shrubs show to advantage in the verdant paradise... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Falconette, Thank you for coming to see us at Glendurgan and for taking the time to post a review. It's always helpful for us to have feedback from all sorts of different sources. I'm pleased that you enjoyed Glendurgan despite the horribly unseasonal weather we had that day. Spring is a very intense period for the garden here -... More 

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