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The Japanese Garden
Ranked #14 of 62 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).
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“We all enjoyed ”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

First return visit in a few years and first with 6 & 3 year old sons. Along with grandparents we all had a lovely time, beautiful gardens and ponds with lots of exploring for the boys and an easy way to spend a couple of hours

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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“Keeping wild Cornwall out.... But only just!”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

As our teenage son is fascinated by all things Japanese this was on our "must do" list for our Easter break. The gardens are pretty, with lots of very impressive plants, especially the bonsai of course. We felt that you didn't really feel like you were transported to Japan though, as Cornwall was still very present, and breaking through in many places! We got the impression that the bonsai are the owners passion, and the gardens a way to get visitors in - taken care of, but not totally cherished. (Eg the raked stone garden was only a bit raked, and had stray leaves etc in it - compared to the one at Kew it was just a bit perfunctory). That said, we spent a happy couple of hours browsing, and the people running it were lovely.

Visited April 2014
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“Beautiful oasis of calm”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Always love to wander round the surprising and peaceful garden. In the shop they are so helpful, giving advice etc.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful gardens ”
Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited here with my partner as was in Newquay and found this place online. The gardens are beautiful and were larger than we expected. £4.50 to go around the gardens was a little steep but still worth it. The shop is a little over priced but we still managed to buy some cheap items that we liked. Only downfall was our phones could not get a signal to call a taxi back to our hotel and when we mentioned this to the lady behind the till she just advised us to work until we got signal in the rain, ever though there was a phone right next to her on the counter! It was a good experience besides that issue and would consider visiting again if we were in the area.

Thank Zoeadz
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Busselton, Australia
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“Tranquil and inspiring”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

I just love this place, I visit whenever I have time if I'm in Cornwall, apparently early Spring is best with the cherry blossom, I have yet to see this, but its a fabulous garden, not big, but plenty of shaded walks and peaceful places to sit. Wonderfal fallen trees, mosses and natural planting No refreshments, but lunch or tea in The St Mawgen Post Office is worth the journey alone.

Visited July 2013
Thank Jane B
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