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Tresco Abbey Gardens

Age group: 7+



Contact: Tresco, TR24 0QQ

TEL: 01720 424108


No visit to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly is complete without a visit to the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens.


This sub-tropical garden on the mesmerizing Isles of Scilly is a perennial Kew but without the glass, shrugging off the salty spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.


Many of these tender floral gems would stand no chance on Cornish mainland gardens, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower here. All in all, the tropical garden is home to species from 80 different countries, ranging from as far afield as Brazil to New Zealand and from Burma to South Africa.


The huge diversity of plant life to be found within the Abbey Garden is extraordinary. Fringing the lush grid of paths which criss-cross the gardens are a host of succulents, towering palm trees and giant, lipstick-red flame trees. The hotter, drier terraces at the top of the garden suit South African and Australian plants, those lower down provide the humidity that favours flora from New Zealand and South America.


The treasures to be found within the Abbey Garden are not limited to the floral kind either. The garden is also home to a collection of shipwrecked figureheads, which are displayed at the Valhalla Museum. There is also a Garden Visitor Centre along with a well-stocked gift shop, a large cafeteria and a history room. Open from 10.00am to 4.00pm.


Note: All children under the age of 16 can visit the garden free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult - Proper Job!