Wonderful gardens, especially if you like magnolias and rhododendrons. There are numerous paths through the garden, some are more taxing than others, but all are worth the effort. Form the tall bamboo to the prehistoric giant rhubarb there is wonder around every corner. Well worth the visit.
As Gaynor9 suggests I would recommend visiting the gardens in march to get the best out of them.
Also if you are travelling from the southern part of Cornwall don't be tempted to go cross country to get to it, take the longer journey along the main roads and you will save time and sanity. I lost count of the number of times we had to play the 'who's going to reverse' game as the b roads are only wide enough for one car.
We went there cause of the very good ratings and were disappointed. I don't think this garden is so special. You have all the plants there you can see in private gardens or just at the side of the street when driving through Cornwall: masses of giant rhubarb, hydrangeas, rhododendron in a small valley. Maybe it's necessary to take a guided tour.
The garden is small, walking through it, down and up again, it takes you not more than an hour without any hurry. You have a little artificial fish pond, a pond with a rhubarb in it with a tacky white bridge. Well there are maybe two or three nice viewpoints, but that's not enough. The toilets were very clean, that I can praise ;-). It's definitely too high priced for what you get, 3£ would be enough.
What a wonderful place. Took the kids and the dog, all made very welcolme.
One of the most beautiful and picturesque places I have ever been.
Breathtaking beach/cove, delicious food some of the best we have ever tasted.
The staff super friendly, all in all one of the best days out we have ever had.
Sat on the little beach/ cove and enjoyed tasty icecream while the dog and kids had a paddle.
These gardens may be on the small side but the best word to describe the gardens is lush. Set in a steep gorge leading down to a private beach, the planting has an exotic feel and leads you down, pass ponds briming with dragoflies, all species of wildfowl and aquatic flora, until you navigate over a stone wall/bridge to the private beach. Great for the able body but anyone with mobility problems would not be able to enjoy the full experience of Trebah. The steep walk back up the gorge can be a challange for the less able and anyone with small children and buggies. The restaurant has won awards and justly so. The menu is limited but well cooked and well chosen.
I visited Trebah last Summer and found it to be a very nice garden. The entrance is at the top of the gardens and you slowly make your way down from the top of the gardens to the beach at the bottom. The plants are not the usual type you would expect to see in Cornwall, they are much more tropical, so it is surprising such a garden exists in this area. If you having walking difficulties, be warned that the only way back from the beach is to walk back up the hill to the entrance. I would recommend this if you are interested in plants and are looking for a peaceful day out.
Great place to spend a day, very tranqil place. It's are large garden that does have disabled access, best time to go is in march when all the flowers have opened and the place is full of colour. This year I went in June and the flowers were dying off, although still a beautiful place it's best to enjoy it in all it's glory.
The food is enjoyable although pricey might be worth taking a picnic and eating it at the beach. There is also a childrens fort play area. It's is pricey to get in but a wonderful day out.
It is 2010, austerity year, so Mr P and I planned a holiday in the UK this year rather than heading further afield.
We decided on Cornwall; I am an Aussie with a hankering for the sea. Mr P is definitely not a sea baby, but he will, occasionally, take his socks off and dip his toes in the water too.
Our 1 week in Corwall was, according to Mr P, to be a supremely, inexcusably, lazy holiday. None of the usual flitting about from place to place. None of my usual exhausting desperation to see everything there was to be seen. No walks that mysteriously turned into long day hikes.
We walked, mostly, and sat by the sea in old sleepy Cornish fishing villages.
But one permitted adventure saw us driving off, via many Cornish, narrow, hedged back lanes, to see the Trebah Garden near Falmouth.
And what a find! Set on a steep slope, the garden proved astonishingly beautiful, and quite empty on a non-school holiday weekday. But even more astonishingly beautiful was the surprising beach which you find, literally, at the bottom of the garden.
The beach is not really highlighted on the Trebah gardens website. Which is probably why it is such a gem of a find. It is a pebble beach, but the pebbles are smooth. Anyway, there are plenty of hidden spots in the garden to spread out a towel.
The water, on a hot sunny day, is a lovely calm, sparkly, crystal clear, refreshing blue. It is a perfect spot for swimming, and your pooches.
There is a cafe on the beach (with drinks and ice cream), and a much larger, fantastic cafe, with great food, puddings and one of the best ploughman's lunches ever, at the top of the garden.
The garden is stunning, the views are magnificent, but most importantly, there is a beach at the bottom of the garden! I haven't seen all the gardens of the world, of course, but I know of no other garden like it, and would go back again and again and again.
Im lucky enough to live only 5 miles away from this place the gardens are heavenly, so are the beaches near them, all in all a wonderful part of Cornwall and shows of just how magical a place it really is.
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