Discovering the Great Gardens of Cornwall
All attractions visited by Greatdays in March 2017.
Cornwall is world-renowned for its many great gardens. This tour gives you an opportunity to discover three of its very best. We visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project and Trebah Gardens, as well as time to explore the historic city of Truro.
April - September 2019
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel in Cornwall
The Eden Project
Today, we head to the Eden Project for a full day exploring this world famous, award-winning attraction. In 1995, the site was a China Clay Pit. Today, in the crater that was left once the pit closed, are massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity. Stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to the striking contemporary gardens. Visitors can stroll through the world’s largest steamy rainforests in the largest indoor jungle in the world, complete with luscious tropical plants, a huge crashing waterfall and a lookout high in the canopy. In the Mediterranean Biome visitors can see lemon trees, olive trees, vines and perfumed herbs. A colourful, sensory journey takes you through the warm, temperate regions of the world, taking in South Africa, California and the Mediterranean.
Outside, you’ll find exhibits, unique sculpture and a vibrant global garden that tells the fascinating story of plants and how we use them for medicine, fuels, materials and food. It’s quite a place!
Lost Gardens of Heligan and Truro
This morning we head for Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, and regarded as one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades; its history consigned to overgrowth. In 1991, the gardens were rediscovered from the brambles of time, and a year later The Lost Gardens of Heligan opened to the public. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the ground breaking restoration project. There are more than 200 acres, a veritable paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic. The Jungle takes visitors on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels and under majestic tree ferns, giant rhubarb and bananas whilst the estate reveals a lost world of traditional and rare breeds, wildlife and ancient woodlands.
In the afternoon, there’s an option of visiting the historic city of Truro. Although a popular shopping destination for the Cornish, the city is best known for its magnificent Neo-Gothic cathedral with its soaring spires and eye-catching elegant beauty.
Falmouth and Trebah Gardens
This morning we visit Falmouth, a town renowned for its maritime heritage. Visit the multi-award-winning National Maritime Museum Cornwall which houses a huge collection of boats, retells stories of intrepid explorers and provides an observation window on to the bustling harbour. Pendennis Castle is one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII and visitors can explore the restored Victorian and WWII defences complete with sounds and smells! In the afternoon we visit Trebah Gardens, a Cornish valley garden, rich with exotic blooms, vibrant tunnels of colour, and its own private beach.
After breakfast start your journey home.
Featured hotels – Inspected by Greatdays March 2017
Esplanade Hotel, Newquay
A picturesque and contemporary hotel overlooking the world famous Fistral Beach in Newquay offering stunning views from inside and out, especially from the lounge where the dramatic seascapes spill in.
The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, a spa bath and a sauna.
Best Western Bristol Hotel, Newquay
The Best Western Hotel Bristol is a charming cliff top hotel in Newquay, overlooking the golden sands of Tolcarne beach providing a great tour base for both Newquay and Cornwall, and plenty of breath-taking scenic spots and attractions.
|2019 dates||5 days|
|Esplanade Hotel||8th April
|from £259.00 per person|
|Best Western Bristol|| 5th April
|from £376.00 per person|
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