Autumn gardens and walks in Cornwall

Tulip Tree in autumn at Glendurgan Garden

Tulip Tree in autumn at Glendurgan Garden - Credit: ©Mary Cobill

Autumn is the perfect time to walk around Cornwall’s gardens and enjoy the gorgeous autumnal colour our mild weather has to offer. We pick eight wonderful places to visit this fall

Pinetum Gardens, Holmbush

This garden has been nurtured by a green-fingered family for over 40 years. There are more than 30 glorious acres to explore with one of the biggest plant collections in Cornwall found here.

Take your pick from ten garden rooms to walk through. At this time of year we enjoy the Woodland Garden, three acre Winter Garden and the Arboretum which is filled with autumn colour in October. Warm up afterwards in The Garden Kitchen Café with a Cornish cream tea.

The gardens are open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entry is, adults: £10.50; young adults (11-17 years old): £5; children visit for free.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

There’s no better time to explore one of the most mysterious and magical gardens in England than in the depths of autumn. With 200 acres of estate to cover, you’re bound to get your fix of golden autumn hues amongst the ancient trees.

Keep an eye out for The Giants Head, Mud Maid, Grey Lady and pumpkins growing in the Kitchen Garden. Dogs are very much welcome but please keep them on a lead.

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The gardens are open daily from 10am – 5pm (last tickets 3.30pm). We recommend spending the whole day here to fit everything in. Entry is, adults: £14.50; children (5-17 years old): £6.50 and children under 5 may visit for free.


Cardinham Woods, Bodmin

This expansive woodland has plenty of well-kept walking trails and cycling routes to try meaning no two visits are the same. For families, try the Highway Rat Activity Trail – packs can be bought for £3 from the Woods Café. Afterwards, recharge with a hot chocolate in the cafe with all of the best toppings.

Entry to the woods is free. Parking is £2 for two hours or £5 all day.


Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyll

Spread across 865 acres of bucolic Cornish countryside, there are a number of trails and walks to follow around Mount Edgcumbe. Keep an eye out for wild deer, majestic woodland and ancient forts.

The country park is free to enter and is open 8am – 6pm during autumn and winter. Dogs are welcome.


Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth

Cornwall is not only home to far stretching dramatic coastline and countryside, but also historic gardens considered among the best in the world. Among its best is Glendurgan which combines vibrant colours with the sea views on offer down its winding paths. Famed for its 180-year-old laurel maze, it’s also known for its breathtaking autumnal colours, its mature conifers and impressive Tulip tree to bring the season alive - the perfect outing for the warmer, sunny days of autumn.

Glendurgan is open until 28 October. Entry is, £9.50 for adults; £4.75 for children and £23.75 for families. Parking is £2.


Trengwainton Garden, Penzance

Stop and admire the beech trees that surround Trengwainton to protect it from the prevailing winds. As the autumn season progresses, they reward us with a stunning display turning green to yellow to a deep rust colour. The acers planted on the edge of the drive are equally extravagant in their displays as their colours transform into reds and golds. The annual pumpkin and squash display in the Walled Kitchen Garden is unmissable this month.

The garden is closed on Fridays and Saturdays and will close for the winter on 28 October. Entry is, £8.60 for adults; £4.30 for children and £21.50 for families.


Cotehele, Calstock

The garden and orchard at Cotehele make for an ideal autumn back drop for a daytime stroll. Boasting 12 acres of orchard, harvest time is the perfect time to visit. By now the (up to) 40,000 flowers will have been picked from the Cut Flower Garden and be busy drying in readiness for Cotehele’s famous Christmas garland.

Cotehele is open throughout the year with the garden estate opening from dawn to dusk. Entry is, £11.60 for adults; £5.80 for children and £29.00 for families. This includes access to the garden, house and mill. Parking is £3 per vehicle.


The Eden Project, Bodelva

While its Biomes offer a stunning slice of exotic garden bliss at any time of year it is still subject to the changing seasons. Among the year-round seasonal gardens is the Perfume Garden which has been designed to offer scents of different plants and flowers all year-round. This season there will be saffron – as well as lavender rosemary and eucalyptus that can be enjoyed all year-round.