In a nutshell
Originally home to a rich Quaker household (the Foxes), these subtropical gardens sweep down by three valleys to a sheltered seashore on the River Helford. Nature trails run by wild flowers and tree ferns, a miniature artwork gallery is tucked into an upturned boat and a tiny thatched schoolroom remains to be full with blackboard tablets. In May the bluebell shows are a spotlight. At each flip there’s something surprising to find.
The Fox household (who ran a transport business) was very massive and through faculty holidays the gardens could be overrun with youngsters. Lost wanderers of the maze was fined a shilling by Grandpapa Fox in the event that they broke by the hedges to flee.
A bamboo bridge within the Lower Valley at Glendurgan Garden. Photograph: Alamy
Best issues about it
The gardens have been created within the 19th century with the household’s 12 youngsters in thoughts; practically 200 years later there are nonetheless loads of outside video games. On a latest go to, the shrieks of enjoyment coming from the Giant’s Stride – a rotating rope swing – could possibly be heard throughout the valley, and we liked getting lost within the 185-year-old cherry laurel maze. There was happiness all spherical after we made it to the summer season home on the centre, and once more after we found our method out. On a heat day, paddling and skimming stones at Durgan seashore is blissful. Even on a drizzly day it’s monumental enjoyable.
What about lunch?
There are many beautiful picnic spots throughout the property. The Tea House (lunch midday-3pm) beside the doorway serves drinks, snacks and scorching meals utilizing native natural produce, corresponding to soup (£four.95) or beef chilli with garlic bread and salad (£eight.50). Kids’ sandwiches are £three.25; pizza £four.95; clotted cream tea £5.95. It’s value taking drinks and snacks with you into the gardens. Ice-creams are on sale at Durgan village however should you’re hungry it’s a steep hike again as much as the Tea House.
A household performs on the Giant’s Stride rope swing. Photograph: Alamy
Exit by the reward store?
The ticket workplace, entrance and exit are through the store however with only a small collection of toys, vegetation and items on provide it isn’t too painful.
Glendurgan is simply exterior Mawnan Smith, close to Falmouth. By automobile, take the A39 so far as the junction with A394 at Treliever Cross roundabout after which comply with the brown-and-white vacationer indicators. The 35 bus runs from Falmouth (about 30 minutes) or Helston (about 55 minutes). Alternatively, stroll four.eight scenic miles of the South West Coast Path from Falmouth (beginning at Gyllyngvase seashore) to Durgan village. A £1 procuring voucher is offered for guests arriving by public transport or on foot.
Value for cash?
It could be straightforward to spend a full day right here in nice climate. It’s free for members of the National Trust, in any other case it’s £9.50 for adults, £four.75 youngsters, and £23.75 for households (2 + 2). Parking is £2 per automobile for non-NT members.
Open from 10.30am-5.30pm from 10 February to 28 October; closed on Mondays, besides financial institution holidays and all Mondays in August.
9/10, we hold coming again.