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“Brilliant garden - even in the rain!”

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #16 of 61 things to do in Newquay
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Owner description: EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. NEW SEASONAL OPENING TIMES We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Admission Prices Adults: £4.50 Children: £2.00 Babies/in buggies free Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times. Useful Information Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn. We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).
Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Brilliant garden - even in the rain!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a beautiful garden, really making use of the natural contours of the land. It captures the spirit of Japanese gardens, and is a real delight. We go every year and there's always something new that we notice. Last time we visited there was a family with young children visiting too and the children were having a great time hiding and finding different ways around the garden. We don't feel that the entrance fee is too much - it requires a lot of work to maintain a garden like this. The bonsai trees aren't cheap, but it takes many years to develop this type of plant. It is undoubtedly one of our favourite places to visit in Cornwall.

Visited August 2013
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English first
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“not worth it”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

we went to have an afternoon there, the place is really small its expensive to get in for what it is, we were in and out in half an hour .and the stuff to buy is really expensive as well

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Lovely Place, Well Worth a Visit!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

I've not been for a while but having just joined Tripadvisor I thought I'd just leave a review to say what a lovely place it is! A very calming atmosphere, some truly beautiful plants/trees, and friendly and knowledgeable staff, definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

Visited September 2012
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Don't go out your way to go there”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Visited on 27th of June. On their webpage is a photo that looks like a lake , but in actual fact it is a small pond. Very good photography. It is peaceful and there are plants for sale (very expensive) and the entrance fee is definately overpriced

Visited June 2013
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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“just beutiful”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

this garden is amazing it has the most amazing plants i particuarly love the acer palmatum which they have done very well placing them the bonsais are amazing as well i would deffinaty reccomend it to a friend.

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