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Mawnan Smith, Falmouth,
Cornwall, TR11 5JZ



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2018-01-11 11:35:15

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

16th Feb - 3rd Nov: Tues – Sun: 10:30am - 5:30pm; 1st Aug - 31st Aug: Mon - Sun 10:30am - 5:30pm Open BH Mons. Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Please arrange by phoning 01326 252020

Group Appointment: Yes

for groups and parties.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring and Autumn

To see:

Spring - Camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias, bluebells
Autumn - Autumn colour, particularly the Tulip tree, the Weeping Swamp Cypress and Dawn Redwood

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) Adult £11.20 (£10.00) child £5.60 (£5.00) family £28.00 (£25.00) family (1 adult) £16.80 (£15.00). All-day parking charge is £3 per vehicle and free to National Trust members.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Limited Disabled Access. Garden very steep, so difficult for disabled. Tramper mobility scooter available for hire.

Garden Features & Events

Superb subtropical garden, with special interest for families; Valley garden with views over the Helford River and coastline; Warm and sheltered setting for exotic flowers, trees and shrubs; Fantastic laurel maze and 'Giant's Stride' maypole; Tranquil sandy beach and rock pools at Durgan

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Meudon, Budock Vean

Inns & Pubs:

The Ferry Boat, Helford Passage; Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Helford River, Falmouth, Mawnan Smith

Description of Garden

This is a valley garden of great beauty, created in the 1820's and running down to the tiny village of Durgan and its beach. There are many fine trees and rare and exotic plants, with outstanding Spring displays of magnolias and camellias. Late in the season a glorious display of wild flowers carpets the valley slopes. The Laurel Maze, dating from 1833, puzzles young and old alike. The house is privately occupied but visitors and especially the young can explore the re-constructed original school room in cob and thatch, the Giant's Stride, and the beach.

History Of Garden

The garden was created in the 1820's by Alfred Fox, who was a prosperous Falmouth shipping agent. His contacts from this business brought plants from all around the world, which flourished in Glendurgan's mild climate. He was a devout Quaker and his religious beliefs are reflected in some of the trees planted in the Holy Bank. He meant Glendurgan to be a 'small piece of heaven on earth', and so it remains.

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