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Glendurgan Garden

Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ, England
01326 252020
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Falmouth
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.'

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited in the summer with a friend and our daughters. Had a lovely few hours pottering round and exploring these gardens and the girls enjoyed the maze very much. Even though our friends have visited before they really enjoy it here as something different everytime and the little village at the end of the gardens with the cove is delightful...would... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This garden must be visited. Walking down through the autumn trees of red and cold this pretty garden was a surprise and delight to be in. A short easy amble to the sweetest little village of Durgan with its own beach was just a joy in itself. Loved it so much will definitely go back. Would recommend an Autumn visit... More

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Teignmouth, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This garden is charming and set out very naturally, lots of viewing points. A little steep in places. Best viewed in spring but lovely in autumn too. Children will love the Maze and beach.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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246 reviews 246 reviews
124 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

These gardens are a hidden treasure and are well worth a visit. Off the main routes its a little challenging to get there but its well worth it. Helpful informative staff and an excellent cafe all add to the very good experience. The gardens are set either side of a deep valley and whilst spectacular are a little challenging to... More

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My wife and I recently spent an afternoon wandering the gardens of Glendurgan and found the area enchanting. While not the largest garden we've visited, it is among our favourites. Take the time to wander down to Durgan, with it's quaint little beach area. The maze is also a must see, pack a snack as it may take you a... More

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Letchworth Garden City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

lovely garden well worth a visit take camera & walking shoes/boots. Very pretty & well maintained, even in October. Saw a very interesting caterpillar!!!

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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A garden for the whole family. We enjoyed following the map we were given which also contained lots of historical and plant information. We followed a young family from Spain after listening to a introductory talk from one of the volunteers. While we strolled round admiring the views and planting the family tried out the swing before heading to the... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Around every corner is another surprise to keep the kids entertained and the grown ups young at heart. Great cafe but you can always take a picnic down to the beach whilst skimming stones and rock pooling.

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear yompingfamily, I loved reading not only the title of your review but your username too! It sounds like you all know how to have fun. It's great to hear that you've enjoyed all the things Glendurgan does well - we try and keep this simple and authentic here and it's always a pleasure to hear about our visitors experiences... More

Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Fabulous gardens going right down a long valley to the sea. The planting is superb, the actual plants are really I resting including to a non gardener like me! Not only that but there is a difficult but fun maze - dare you to do it! At the bottom of the gardens is a gateway to the beautiful Helford river... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear juliantb, I'm really pleased you enjoyed the valley garden at Glendurgan. I'll be sure to let the garden team that their work is appreciated by non-gardeners as well as gardeners! It sounds like you've enjoyed the natural beauty of the place too - the beach and river particularly. I hope you'll be able to visit Glendurgan again - maybe... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The paths are quite steep, and go down to a lovely beach at Durgan. As long as you are averagely fit this should not be a problem though. Entry fee for non members of the NT was £8 per adult, not too bad for Cornwall! Helpful and informative staff in the reception and the shop knew about the plants in... More

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JonODonoghue, Manager at Glendurgan Garden, responded to this review

Dear Richard K, Thank-you for the kind and helpful words in your review - I'll make sure my colleagues see it as they'll be pleased with the recognition you've given them. We've had an incredible summer and autumn so far so many plants have flowered continuously for quite a while. We're enjoying the dramatic colour changes in the trees at... More

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