Glendurgan is the kind of subtropical garden that makes you want to get lost in it and stay forever. With hundreds of incredible plants and natural beauty at every turn the garden is a fantastic day out for the whole family, and the National Trust’s list of things to do in Glendurgan before you’re 11 ¾ always keeps the children entertained. They’re free to get lost in the cherry laurel maze, brave the swing and visit the beach at the foot of the garden – not a bad day’s work really...
The Fox family who created the garden had 12 children, so it stands to reason that they made it great fun for youngsters – and family after family are grateful that they did!
Choose from one of the three valley gardens and discover weird and wonderful plants and flowers that wouldn’t look out of place on foreign shores. Feel miniscule as you walk between giant rhubarb plants in the lower valley, and experience its jungle feel as you go. Meanwhile, on the upper slopes of the garden you’ll find spiky arid plants that bask in the sun, so there’s something to see wherever you wander.
You’ll find seats dotted throughout the garden, inviting you to sit down and enjoy the peace and quiet for awhile, and the ponds are always a favourite as they’re packed with wildlife. A first visit to the garden always feels like discovering one of Cornwall’s secrets for the first time, as it’s hidden from view by belts of woodland. Designed to be like a little piece of Heaven on Earth, Glendurgan gets pretty close.