Glendurgan Gardens

Just outside of Falmouth and the village of Mawnan Smith sits a real gem in the National Trust’s collection of magnificent gardens. The Gardens are situated through a long valley that leads down to the Helford river, and it’s this valley terrain that we think makes this a truly magical place. You’re surrounded by the gardens tightly all around, almost to the extent that it’s overwhelming. Add to this the incredible mixture of exotic and domestic species on show.
The gardens are a treat all year round, but if you can only visit once we’d recommend making the trip during Spring when wildflowers bloom across the valley bringing with the heady smells of magnolias, bluebells and primroses and throngs of buzzing as nature reawakens. In summer, to quote Charles Fox’s excellent book, “breaks in a wave of whiteness, with eucryphia, hoheria, myrtus and that ‘bombe Alaska’ of rhododendrons, ‘Polar Bear’, and autumn is awash with bulbs – amaryllis, colchicum, crinum and nerine.” In the winter the colour falls away to produce a moody landscape loomed over by huge trees that go unnoticed at other points in the year. 


Glendurgan is a great place for the little ones to explore, with kid friendly activities such as a fantastic maze and this learning hut
Glendurgan has been in the Fox family for over 200 years, and over the years they must’ve had a lot of kids to entertain because they built a great maze in the middle of the garden. They’d surely be happy with their legacy; our three year old certainly loves our frequent visits to the gardens because of the maze. Older kids, and Dads, will enjoy the rotating rope swing. A test for both arm strength and one’s stomach if ever there was one!

At the foot of Glendurgan’s valley is the National Trust owned village of Durgan sits on the water’s edge next to a small beach. The village itself is a picture postcard image of Cornwall straight from the pages of Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. You’ll also pass through this if doing our highly recommended Helford Passage walk. 

So if you’re into adventure, or are a bit of a romantic, or if you love gardens we can promise that you’ll thoroughly enjoy a visit to the a-maze-ing Glendurgan!

If you love exploring Cornwall’s gardens, Trewena holiday cottages near Falmouth are perfect setting for your visit to Cornwall. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Falmouth and some of Cornwall’s best National Trust and English Heritage properties, you can choose from ‘Little Avalon’ our 1850s labourers cottage, or ‘The Pigsty’ our converted barn.