Gardeners are laid back, patient and like a journey! But travelling around Cornwall without your own car is not always easy. And if you love visiting gardens, and want to see the best Cornish ones, here’s some advice on those most easily reached using public transport.
Here we look at which of the largest gardens in the Cornwall for Gardeners’ directory it’s possible to reach by bus, train or ferry.
We focus on the main train station hubs as your starting point. From there, a network of bus routes, along with a little bit of walking, or the occasional taxi, should get you to your destination.
Note that we have only included gardens that you should be able to reach without too much walking at either end of your journey (less than half a mile). Estimated bus times shown are for the fastest services on any weekday, as of May 2018. Please check your routes and the latest online timetables before you set off on your trip.
Gardens near Penzance Railway Station
Trengwainton – 15 min bus ride.
There are also options from St. Erth Railway Station for all the Penzance area gardens, but again Trengwainton is closest to a bus route.
Public gardens in Penzance: Morrab Gardens, Penlee Memorial Park
Eden Project, 15 min bus ride.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan 30 min bus ride.
If you then get a bus between the two, it will take over an 1 hour to go the 10 miles. Save money on entry if you visit both but you could spend some of those savings on getting a taxi instead. The cost to go door to door between these two popular gardens would be around £30. Possibly saving you time and money if you are with a group.
Pinetum Gardens 25 min bus ride.
Gardens near Falmouth Railway Station
Glendurgan and Trebah are both at least a 25 minute bus ride away from Falmouth. The town has 3 stations so, if you arrive on the branch line from Truro, get off at the first called Penmere and walk about half a mile to the necessary bus stop.
Other gardens within the Falmouth town itself: Gyllyngdune Gardens, Fox Rosehill, Queen Mary. All public and free to wander through.
Gardens near St. Ives Railway Station
The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden is found within St. Ives town and is less than half a mile from the train station.
Other free public gardens within St. Ives: Trewyn Gardens, Memorial Gardens.
Gardens near Truro Railway Station
Trelissick Gardens: 30 min bus ride.
Take the train branch line to Falmouth for gardens in that area.
Public gardens in Truro: Victoria Gardens, Boscawen Park,