Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Samuel B
    3 contributions
    Beautiful garden
    Beautiful gardens and walking pathways adjoining. If you like gardens and walking this is for you. The experience cost around £23 for a couple with young child. They could improve the cafe as it doesn’t serve any hot food (despite having the facilities and huge demand) - and the small ice cream parlour at the beach doesn’t work with mobile payments. Overall though I’d highly recommend
    We are so pleased you enjoyed you time in the garden at Glendurgan. The café has only recently been taken over by the trust, having been a concession for the last 20+ years and we have been busy behind the scenes getting everything ready. Since your review we are so pleased to now be offering hot toasties and scones due to a delivery of a new toastie machine, this is only going to get more substantial once our new equipment arrives. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!
    Written April 20, 2022
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    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2022
  • Monsieurslinky
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom209 contributions
    Tropical delights await
    From gigantic rhubarb plants to towering tropical trees, Glendurgan is a feast for the senses. Gentle paths steer you around the spectacle and there are plenty of photo opportunities. We had a gander at the maze and delighted in taking several wrong turns. I am convinced my partner cheated though... Towards the bottom of the gardens we came upon a shop selling small tubs of Cornish ice cream. We enjoyed these while watching the waves curl on the shoreline; for at the end of the garden lies the sea. A favourite part of the visit was a huge pole with ropes dangling from it. Visitors are invited to hold the ropes and run around the pole, building enough speed to propel oneself into the air. We had a go at this and, I am sure, if any passer-by had caught a glimpse, they would have thought we were beautiful birds of the tropics performing some kind of mating ritual. I had rather hoped to have observed some other National Trust members on the swing, but, as our exit from the property confirmed, they were all clustered in the cafe, supping tea and eating scones. A definite must-visit.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2022
  • sueB8447UD
    Redruth, United Kingdom682 contributions
    very enjoyable
    A fabulous place. So peaceful and lots of interesting plants to see. A one way system is in place, with a shorter walk if you don't want to walk all the way down to Durgan village. There are a few slight hills, but plenty of seats. We booked tickets on line, which was easy to do. We had a Covid style cream tea in the cafe, which consisted of a tub of jam, tub of cream and a lovely home cooked scone, with a wooden knife, all in a paper bag. Cup of tea in a paper cup.
    Written October 17, 2020
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Louise l
7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
After a 40 min drive carpark full signs, we drove on and waited for a space, not fun in the heat. Helpful friendly knowledgeable staff, I didnt find there was much there for our particular family.
I'm over weight and have health problems this was not the place for me, all on a very steep down hill, I could only go half way down as I knew I would not make it back up, my healthy husband continued to the bottom and struggled to also come back up the steepness.
The maze is the top attraction here, really really beautiful and fun for all ages, I enjoyed watching them from a height, some nice planting and a swinglike structure called the giants stride, but not much else to do.
Nice to do once for the maze and to check off the list but probably won't go back.
Written August 19, 2022
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keefnjojo
Plymouth, UK1,350 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We stopped in here and although we hadn't booked, the gardens were not too busy so we were allowed in. (We would recommend booking so as not to be disappointed)

The gardens are beautiful, its currently set out to walk one way round with access down to Glendurgan village which is worth the extra walk.

Unfortunately the maze wasn't open due to the current restrictions but that didn't stop us enjoying our time here.
Written November 8, 2020
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Joanne C
Aylesbury Vale, UK159 contributions
Oct 2020
Lovely gardens in which to while away a few hours on a showery day. We enjoyed the walk down to the small beach at Durgan. There are plenty of benches to sit on and on the way down we took advantage of a sheltered one with a nice view to eat some lunch.
The NT have made a sensible one-direction route down and back but I agree with John P in a previous review that they could allow more people in. I was also taken aback at the ticket office. We hadn't booked but turned up hoping to get in as it was a quiet Thursday - and indeed we got in straight away. The website states clearly that "where space is available in the afternoon, pre-booking may not always be necessary" but was then reprimanded for not having booked a ticket in advance. It was not exactly a friendly welcome from that particular employee (others were lovely and the staff at the cafe were also very nice).
Written October 12, 2020
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emilyc19912017
Staffordshire, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I think this has to be my favourite National Trust place. A lush, green tropical garden meanders down the valley and eventually you come out in a lovely little cove. So pretty! The water is calm for kids to splash in and there’s lots of rock pools at low tide. The maze is great for kids and the gardens are all beautifully looked after. 1000% recommend if you are in the area although in some ways I’d like to keep it a secret as even on a hot day in the summer holidays, it was still lovely and peaceful.
Written September 8, 2021
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michael o
Burgess Hill, UK314 contributions
Sep 2020
Acres of gardens, ridiculously limiting one way route through the garden to the beach and return.

Lovely garden though, even on a very damp drizzly day.

NT, schools are now back, time for a policy change, maybe keep booking as a guaranteed entry at weekends, but other than that, allow ‘free’ access, with proviso, that if you turn up and it’s considered too busy, you either have the option to wait or are turned away.
Written September 3, 2020
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surfCornwall
cornwall54 contributions
Aug 2021
Just joined National Trust I thought it might get me out with the dog but what a surprise drover over to Glendurgan gardens at Mawnan Smith where i have been once before with my daughter in law . As i drover in a Note said NO Dogs( in gardens only at tea rooms? ( So I had to Leave after a 3/4 hour drive) what a disappointment such a big space you could walk a dog on the lead and be far away far people and enjoy the gardens in these strange covid times but instead they would rather you sit in the outdoor tea rooms near people with a dog . I can understand No dogs in Historic houses but outside in gardens , and why would you drive to a National trust with a dog to park the car and get a tea ? dogs like walks I think i will be cancelling the annual membership at the end of the year and they need to take down the misleading picture of families with dogs
Written August 15, 2021
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jus2neluke
Manchester, UK149 contributions
May 2022
We were delighted with these gardens and the walks the gardens led to. The beach is clean and suitable to swim in. The staff, in particular, were really friendly and helpful. The cafe isn't as good as other NT properties but there was nothing you could have complained about. The maize was quite literally amazing and it was lovely to see the children enjoying it. I will definitely return next time we are in this area.
Written May 8, 2022
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Hugo N
Northamptonshire, UK58 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visited here and found it amazing value for money as we joined the National trust and visited several other places since.

The gardens are well laid out and offers extremely beautiful views and great insights.

I can recommend this garden to anybody who loves the outdoors and nature.

Suitable for all weather as the paths are great!!
Written February 27, 2020
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Trevor Steadman
Chelmsford, UK189 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
its difficult to fault such a mature piece of garden history. The necessary one way system shortens the experience and we were only on site for just over an hour. The national trust have worked hard to make it a safe visit and e enjoyed our time. wearing masks in the toilets is a good move not introduced at all NT places, but it makes sense.
Written September 11, 2020
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cltboy
Basingstoke, UK733 contributions
May 2022
We visited this in May and were under whelmed. Yes there is lots of greenery and interesting trees and shrubs but there are more interesting gardens to visit if you only have time to visit 1. Maybe my views are jaundiced as I’m a national trust member who visits c5-10 places each year. As another reviewer has written, to avoid the main flow of walkers we would go to the right. Expect your visit to last up to 2 hours
Written June 12, 2022
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