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Glendurgan Garden

Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ, England
01326 252020
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Ranked #6 of 23 Attractions in Falmouth
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden - full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the... more » Owner description: 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.' « less
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Bath, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

What made our trip even better was the free entry on the day we visited! We enjoyed strolling though the well kept gardens and looking at the unusual trees and shrubs. We didn't go into the maze but it looked impressive. There are a number of different paths to take, but all of them are steep. It's lovely to arrive... More

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Letchworth Garden City
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lovely garden but be prepared for the steep climb down to the shoreline and then back up again. Great view of the estuary and beyond.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Sub tropical gardens which weave their way down to the fabulous Helford estuary. The gardens are so beautiful and smaller and more intimate than The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Well worth a visit.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Angela S, I'm glad you enjoyed the Helford river and our garden which makes for a great walk down to the beach and water. Thank-you very much for visiting, reviewing and recommending us - it's much appreciated and I hope you'll come and visit again. Jon O'Donoghue Manager. More

Bromsgrove
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115 reviews 115 reviews
39 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Our third NT Cornish garden in four days and after Trelissick and Trengwainton, Glendurgan on the Helford River certainly didn't disappoint. All three were different and Gledurgan, particularly, had a certain peace and tranquility about it. It's quite a steep descent from the entrance down to the charming village and beach on the river but the long narrowish garden gives... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear demoncodger, Well done one getting round to these three lovely gardens - knowing them all well I can see why you noted their differences, which make for great surprises. I think the great thing that unites them is the views of the sea - although even these are very different at each place. You won't be surprised to hear... More

Buckingham, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A stone's throw from Trebah and National Trust, so could be free for you. A good place to wander slowly round, taking in the beach at the end. I can never fault the NT tearooms - had humungous steak pasties with salad and chutney. Excellent. The maze looks great but would have been a bit weird doing it without kids.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Gordon R, Thank-you for coming to see us at Glendurgan and posting a review. I'm very glad I've had my lunch as otherwise reading about your steak pasty would be making me quite hungry right now! I'm really pleased you enjoyed the food though and will pass on your compliments to my colleagues. Regarding the maze - fear not,... More

TORQUAY
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The girls loved the maze in the middle of the garden and it goes all the way down to the beach. A must if in Cornwall.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Devondumling, Thank-you for such an encouragingly titled review - it's always very helpful and well received when visitors take the time to give their feedback after coming to see us. I'm glad you enjoyed the maze and beach - and thank-you for recommending Glendurgan to others. Jon O'Donoghue Manager More

Tring, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Our kids (aged 15 and 9) were delighted to be visiting a garden and not a "dead person's house" (their words, not mine!!). I just love a stroll around a beautiful garden and Glendurgan was just that. Wonderful winding paths and fabulous plants - you've got to love the giant rhubarb - although the 9-year old reading the blurb on... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Leigh A, Thank-you very much for bringing your family along to Glendurgan to visit and for taking the time to post a review here on TripAdvisor. Reading your words has been very amusing - from your children's terminology to your obvious enjoyment of my colleagues in the car park (they brighten up our days as well as our guests'!).... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very close to trebah gardens so you can combine both in one day, national trust gardens so free to visit if you are a member, friendly volunteers especially the old grey haired carpark attendant. Nice gardens with a maze to lose the kids in and nice cove at the bottom where you can sit and eat a ice cream while... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Simon P, Thank-you for your kind review after visiting Glendurgan - I hope it'll be useful for future visitors reading this. It's great having Trebah next-door so that visitors can choose from two distinctively different gardens or even better visit them both. I'm incredibly lucky to work at Glendurgan but also visit Trebah regularly due to its proximity. I'm... More

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Another of our "must do" places when in Cornwall. However take your own food. The café (not national trust) has really gone downhill. We waited over 45 mins for a sarnie, bowl of soup, bowl of crisps (AKA a bag emptied into bowl £1.95 how dare they!) and a couple of drinks. It was early lunch and there must have... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Abi C, Thank-you for coming to see us at Glendurgan and posting a review afterwards. I'm sorry to hear that you felt the café has gone downhill - but thank-you for giving detailed feedback which will help us identify areas to improve. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the garden and beach though - we're really lucky to... More

Lincoln, Uk
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

These gardens are only a few miles from us and we regularly visit as there is always something different to see. As the season goes on the plants and flowers don't disappoint. For children the maze is a must. There are steps up and down but also a pathway for disabled so good for pushchairs too. Of course, the cafe... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Nannyhilly, It's lovely to hear from a regular visitor - I'm sure you've seen Glendurgan in all sorts of weathers and levels of flowering. I'd love to believe that a walk around the garden counteracts the calories in a cup of tea and a slice of cake but I'm not sure that's quite accurate! Anyway - thank-you very much... More

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