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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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Beautiful gardens and a charming beach

Glendurgn is a rugged NT attraction, with friendly and welcoming team members. We enjoyed our walk through the grounds and down to the small shoreline village of Durgan. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Having made a flying visit to Glendurgan while my wife walked the South West Coastal Path with our dog I fail to understand the no dogs policy here? I am sure that a vast majority of NT members would comply with a doggie clean up policy and feel that the local NT management are being unreasonable with their no dog... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Glendurgn is a rugged NT attraction, with friendly and welcoming team members. We enjoyed our walk through the grounds and down to the small shoreline village of Durgan. We visited around the spring equinox, when tides were exceptionally low. This meant we could walk quite some way along the shore - a novel experience. Well worth a visit - especially... More 

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West Midlands
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited Glendurgan on our last visit to Cornwall MANY years ago and it is one of those places that stays in the memory as being special so we knew we would have to make another visit. We were not disappointed, memory was not false and it is just as beautiful. We were lucky with the weather which gave the... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear WestMidlandsLizzy, Wow - what a lovely review! I always enjoy hearing from people who visited many years ago and it's great to hear that we lived up to your happy memories. For March this year we've had a great show of camellias, primroses and magnolias and as you say on top of this some lovely sunny days to enjoy... More 

Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful riverside valley garden. Even in mid March there were many trees and shrubs in flower as well as spring flowers. Fairly easy pathways well maintained. One of the best gardens we have visited.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear TrevorP298, It's very kind of you to take the time to post a review after your visit. It really does make us feel proud to read that you felt Glendurgan was one of the best gardens you'd visited. We know that some people prefer more formal gardens and also that the terrain and distance is a challenge but it's... More 

Malvern
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98 reviews 98 reviews
39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Weather was gorgeous, gardens well wow, Camilla s out, lots of them, magnolias out, definitely worth visit! Gardens go right down to the sea and the scenery is breathtaking. Can't wait to see other shrubs in summer. Lovely.....

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear TheOldCroque, Your review title made me smile from ear to ear - it's great to read that you had a good visit. Our magnolias have given us all such a good show this year and we've had no frost to damage the flowers at all. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed them together with the natural beauty that makes... More 

Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A really beautiful place to visit. It's spectacularly pretty, well kept and worth seeing. We spent a good few hours here walking around and taking it all in. The maze in the middle was lots of fun! Some on the areas on the walk can be a little steep but it's worth it. When we finished with the garden we... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Maria M, It's really kind of you to take the time to post a review after your visit. I'll make sure my colleagues in the garden team see your praise for the upkeep of Glendurgan. As you say the garden is steep in places - which is a result of its valley location and ultimately its natural appeal. Thank-you... More 

london
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655 reviews 655 reviews
272 attraction reviews
345 helpful votes 345 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We came here on a drizzly day and took about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace to walk around the suggested route. I would not recommend ths for any disabled people or those wth wheelchairs as although there is a wheelchair friendly route it is still a very long and quite steep climb from the village below - in fact... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear sheepygold, We had a little smile when we read the title of your review as Glendurgan is, to us, a truly distinctive place. It sounds like you've got under its skin and enjoyed what makes the garden and its setting so special. You're absolutely right about ease of access for wheelchairs - we don't recommend taking wheelchairs (nearby Trelissick... More 

Welcombe, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Had a lovely day in the garden and enjoyed the maze. However the cafe isn't up to the usual National Trust standard.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear WelcombeSue, Thank-you for coming to see us here at Glendurgan. We're lucky to have a great setting to grow such interesting and beautiful plants - and as you say the maze is enjoyed by many. I'm sorry that you didn't feel the tea house was up to our usual standard. We're planning for quite an overhaul of the space... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This valley garden makes superb use of the landscape, leading you through spectacular Spring flowers and some magnificent magnolias and tulip trees to the Helford River. There's also an excellent maze here which is fiendishly tricky. You can see this from above and there are lots of great views and vistas. Definitely one of Cornwall's best gardens and well worth... More 

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear elmshart, On an already cheery sunny spring day you've made us all even happier. Thank-you for taking the time to write such a kind review of your visit to us here at Glendurgan. I love how you've picked up on the skill with which the Fox family and their successive gardeners have used the natural contours of this beautiful,... More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

First visit of the year and the gardens were lovely, as always. However, on this occasion, the food was not up to standard.In particular, the scones were very salty, quite unpleasant.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Stephanie H, Thank-you for coming to see us again and I'm glad to read that you found the garden as lovely as ever - it's been quite a different winter to this time last year. I'm sorry that you thought the food wasn't up to the standard you expected. The tea-house team can't recall any feedback they've received from... More 

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