Trebah Gardens are one of my favourite gardens to visit in Cornwall and the UK. If you’re looking for a tranquil escape for the day, or a place to explore with your children, then I can’t recommend it enough.
Trebah lies on the edge of the Helford river, next door to neighbouring famous garden Glendurgan. A lush tropical garden, it even has its own private beach. I really mean tropical too. Stepping into different corners of Trebah you can’t help but feel like you have stepped into paradise.
On the way up in the car we were talking about all the bare trees. We were even wondering if maybe this isn’t the best time of year to visit the gardens. It is April, yet the leaves are struggling to creep back on the trees around us.
Plus, it’s feeling a lot colder in Cornwall than it normally does. But, stepping into Trebah with its plush trees and blooming flowers you wonder if Winter ever even touched this garden.
Every corner is full of life and it’s so obvious that Trebah sits on a tropical jet stream of weather. I live in Cornwall and it’s hard to believe that you aren’t somewhere abroad when you are walking around here.
If you’re considering a trip yourself, then Trebah is an amazing place to visit, even with toddlers and kids! It’s peaceful and safe. Plus there are so many hiding spots, places to run about and things to explore.
My daughter Evie loved the gardens just as much as us. Around every corner, there is something different to see and do. From bridges to cross and bamboo to hide in, it’s hard to get bored. Even with the youngest of kids in tow!
Evie loved playing by the streams and sniffing the flowers. She had fun spotting all the different colours and especially playing in the park. But the hidden beach at the end and playing hide and seek was a highlight for all of us (she still hadn’t found my partner in the picture above).
Family day outs for us are usually exciting and adrenaline filled. But, these gardens have a way of making you want to just peacefully explore. Even my excitable toddler agreed and her noisy, hyper self was calm and content for a change.
At the end of the gardens up a narrow and almost secretive set of steps, is the private beach. It’s the perfect spot to sit and spend an hour watching the water.
The little ice cream shop on the beach offers light refreshments. It also has a box of blankets and a selection of buckets and spades for you or your kids to use as you please. I think this is such a lovely idea! It went down really well with us and everyone else around us.
The beach is completely private and overlooks the Helford passage. Whether you want to skim stones, make sandcastles, grab an ice cream or just sit an enjoy watching the boats play on the Helford passage, then this is the spot for you.
Even though it was a tiny bit chilly, we were so lucky to come on such a beautiful day. We had the blanket to keep us warm and Evie was so content emptying stones into the sea and trying to find unique coloured shells to take home with her.
During our visit, we stopped off for lunch in the gorgeous and beautifully built cafe. The light and openness really gives you a feel for the place you’re visiting.
Care has been taken everywhere here. The staff are super friendly and the carefully selected menu of home cooked food is mouth watering.
You have the traditional pasties and fish and chips for tourists, or if you fancy something a little bit different then Trebah offer the likes of mackerel fillets with cous cous or homemade flans with fresh salad.
One thing that I really loved about the cafe is that it uses fresh and local produce wherever possible. It makes such a difference to eat fresh food. I’m always so disappointed when attractions only offer unhealthy options or microwaved foods.
There is also a wide selection of drinks, from hot chocolates and coffees to fresh juice and even local beer, ciders and wine.
Things To See
If the beautiful plants and exotic trees are not enough, then there are so many other things to see and do at Trebah. There is a fort and slide for under 5’s, a mini adrenaline park for older kids, an amphitheatre, a beach and several stunning lookout points where you can overlook the Helford passage.
There are bridges to walk across, stairs to climb, huts to hide in and on the map they have even highlighted ‘picture’ perfect spots for those all important selfies.
The different levels of terrain and unique trails to explore will keep kids entertained. Trebah is also very buggy friendly (apart from on the beach but there is a buggy drop off point next to it) so don’t hesitate to take your whole family.
We loved Trebah so much and are planning to return again soon. Stepping into the gardens, we really felt like we were on holiday somewhere exotic. It’s the perfect place to come, get away from it all and to leave feeling a little bit rejuvenated.
Have you ever been to Trebah Gardens in Cornwall? Are you adding it to your Cornish bucket list? Let me know in the comments.