Hidden away in a valley between Marazion and Penzance is a little slice of tropical paradise!
I’ve only heard of Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens recently as a few people I know have posted about it on Instagram. From photos, it looks like somewhere from South America or an Asian rainforest, and in person it didn’t disappoint either.
The 22-acre gardens are not only beautifully landscaped with a variety of exotic plants, water features and viewing platforms, but also filled with artworks and sculptures created by international artists such as James Turrell RA, David Nash RA, Tim Shaw RA and more.
The micro-climate in this area means that the winter temperatures are mild enough to allow these lush, tropical-looking plants (such as bamboo, palms, and succulents) to grow throughout the gardens. It feels magical as you walk around, with layers of greenery everywhere you look.
I love the layout of the gardens as well, and particularly enjoyed climbing the steps with a stream and mini-waterfalls either side of us on the board-walk, perfect for photos! But there’s also areas of green lawns too where you could sit with a picnic or lay down and watch the clouds go by.
There are also various viewpoints throughout the gardens, from which (on a clear day) you can look out across the valley and see the sea, with the famous St. Michael’s Mount on the horizon!
The Tremenheere Kitchen cafe is on site as well, and is known for its delicious lunches and cakes – we didn’t stop for a bite to eat this time, but I’m keen to revisit and try their food at some point.
You can read more information about admissions and what’s going on on their website. The gardens are also dog-friendly too, as long as dogs are kept on leads and owners are well-behaved :)
* Olivia and I were given complimentary entry but all opinions are my own