Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Helford, Cornwall
Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Helford, Cornwall
Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Helford, Cornwall
Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Helford, Cornwall
Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Helford, Cornwall
Glendurgan Garden
The National Trust
Mawnan Smith, Falmouth
TR11 5JZ
Part of the Great Gardens of Cornwall group
This thriving sub-tropical valley garden runs down to the Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan.


Boasting beautiful blooms in every season, this waterside garden flourishes from its sheltered ravine position. Although the view doesn't directly face the calm banks of the estuary, you can explore under lush canopies and wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water's edge.

Noted as a horticultural hotspot, Glendurgan is one of the best of Cornwall's characteristic valley gardens. Purchased by Alfred Fox in 1820, it was created following his brother's pioneering example at Penjerrick, where the innovative planting had already impressed many horticultural writers of the time. Alfred Fox planted Pinus Pinaster as windbreaks, as well as variety of vibrant trees and shrubs, and several orchards. The garden is an enchanting display of rare and exotic shrubs year-round, but is particularly popular for its spectacular spring magnolias and camellias.

One of the most exciting features is the cherry laurel maze dating back to 1833, where you can lose yourself and the kids in a magical web. But this is only one of the features that make it such a family friendly paradise. The Giant's Stride is very popular with children and once they've worn themselves out running alongside the wild flowers that carpet the valley, follow the canopies of colour to emerge at the beach, where you can unpack a picnic or paddle at the water's edge. Durgan fish cellar, a volunteer-led information room offers local history, second hand books, children's activitieis and buckets and spades to borrow for a play on the beach. At the top of the garden there's the opportunity to refuel and relax at Glendurgan Tea house, where a tasty selection of cakes and daily changing lunch specials will nourish hungry tums and give you chance to relax before the next adventure.

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 sandcastles. 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'. The house is privately occupied.

Don't miss
Get lost in the historic cherry laurel maze.
Become airborne on the 'Giant's Stride' swing.
Explore three beautiful valleys leading to the Helford River.

Making the most of your day
A variety of special events for families and keen gardeners takes place throughout the year. Information room in Durgan village with stories about the Helford River and its wildlife. Dogs: assistance dogs only. All-day parking charge is £3 per vehicle and free to National Trust members.

Nearest Information Centre

4.0 Miles

Nearest Train Station

3.6 Miles

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