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“Glorious place”

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Ranked #3 of 68 things to do in Penzance
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a major attraction in West Cornwall. In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of contemporary artwork. The very favoured micro climate of kindly winter temperatures and shelter from the wind allow exotic and half - hardy plants to flourish. The planting schemes are appropriate to the varying individual habitats but carry a unifying theme of sculptural forms, textures and colours, complementing what nature has already provided. Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash, Richard Long and Tim Shaw have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent work, which harmonise with the landscape.
Reviewed 12 May 2014

This is truly a great place to visit. First off, no car park charges which in itself is unusual. Entrance to the gardens is very cheap, certainly by comparison with National Trust gardens and Kew - £11.50 for the two of us. The shop and cafe can be visited without going into the gardens - and both are worth going to. The shop has a small selection, ranging from cards and lip balms through to prints, rugs and lamps. All are slightly unusual and from local craftspeople. The cafe - well, it's amazing. All incredibly freah and well cooked. We had the roast beef (we went on a Sunday) and it was possibly the best roast dinner I've had. The beef was succulent, veg were lovely and delicately spiced and the yorkshire pud rose like a dream above the plate. As for the chocolate brownie and the orange and almond tart....bliss.
The gardens are glorious. They are clearly, in a few areas, a work in progress but this is so minimal by comparison with most of it, there is no loss to the sheer pleasure to be had. Lots of hidden sculptures, I loved the Tibetan prayer flags, and it's a toss up between the James Turrell and the camera obscura as to which gets my gold star. Both probably - or perhaps it is the views from the top of the gardens...or the sounds of water which follow you around...or the unusual plants and the simplicity of their planting...I love this place, its setting and the whole ethos of it. All the people working there were great too, really friendly and helpful.
Oh, there's also a nursery from which you can buy some quite unusual plants. I think this also is a new piece of work, so I can't wait to come back.

Thank Gail P
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

There is no doubt this garden has considerable potential however at present it has limited sculpture (8?),much of the garden is immature,and access is difficult. Had the entrance charges been more reasonable this would not have been an issue however in my view the cost does not justify a visit.

To say on the website "Some wheelchair users may find areas of the garden difficult to acess without assistants due to the steep terrain" is,in my view bordering on dishonest.We saw two people with walking sticks and one visitor in an electric buggy struggle and give up because if the steep inclines.

For the fit and healthy this is a garden to visit in a few years time.

Leaving aside the garden there is a superb cafe well worth a visit without seeing the garden.A very good selection of meals,snacks,drinks all with first class ingredients and very well prepared and presented.

1  Thank BOBOK777
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This garden was beautiful in itself without the sculptures! The planting was excellent [So many different plants & some I had not seen before!] as were the walks which helped you to explore all these gardens had to offer. The view of St Michaels Mount from the highest point of these gardens was a joy to behold! The Lime Tree Cafe served delicious food...I had 'Pea and Asparagus Soup'....absolutely delicious!

Thank FionaChinnor
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

A great work of plantsmanship which will grow into a very beautiful garden as it matures over the years. Don't miss the Aquaobscura feature. It's a must!

Thank RazvanChisu
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

It's a great walk they allow dogs and it is very welcoming although their are not as many sculptures as it expected for a sculpture gardens . But it is beautiful, I suggest it but do not expect a sculpture garden.

Thank Trixie E
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