Cornwall is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain but also has a select number of historic houses well worth visiting, often with generous, beautifully designed gardens.
If you are seeking grand (or it is raining) there is nothing like a stately home. These were the homes of the wealthiest, most influential families in Cornwall, set in stark comparison to the tiny, humble cottages owned by fishermen in the coastal villages or farmers inland. With knowledgeable local guides, you will learn lots about the duchy while visiting.
Many of the properties are National Trust so if you are a member, do bring your card with you (also helpful for some beach parking).
Cornwall is also home to some beautiful gardens, from woodland retreats to rolling parkland, including the ultra-famous Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.
With sub-tropical temperatures and sheltered valleys, gardens thrive here in the south-west. Unmissable floral displays are at their best in spring and early summer when camellias, bluebells and daffodils carpet the ground, replaced later by awesome magnolias and colourful rhododendrons.
10 of the Best Gardens in Cornwall
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Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
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Lanhydrock Country House, Bodmin
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St Michael’s Mount, Marazion
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
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