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“natural wonder”

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Ranked #3 of 65 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 new attraction in West Cornwall which opened mid September 2012. 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 high quality contemporary art installations. Inspirational....contemplative... a joy to visit... Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally renowned artists, such as James Turrell and David Nash have interacted with the garden to create site specific permanent work which harmonise with the setting. The land also provides a forum for ever changing temporary, or even ephemeral arts in all its forms. Ticket Prices: Standard Adult : £8.00 Concessions: £6.50 11 - 15 Years: £4.50 Under 11: Free Family Ticket (Two Adults and Two 11 - 15 Years): £20.00 Season Ticket: £30.00 Opening Times: Daily, 10am - 5pm
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Tremenhere is a fantastic way to spend a few hours. The garden comprises two distinct parts, the old valley garden sheltered by mature Beech trees and moss covered granite boulders has varities of fern and tree fern dotted along its length and has a magical quality that is unmatched by some more established valley gardens in Cornwall. The addition of suculents, restios, bananas and myriad other mediteranean/tropical plants add a wonderful counterpoint , particularly in the summer. Top that with amazing views over Mounts Bay and you have a great place to sit back and relax.
There are a few interesting sculptures dotted around the garden and a good camera obscura. But the highlights are the two James Turrell installations, the skyspace is wonderful and the water space seriously stimulating ( though there is no longer any mention of it on the website and it was closed when we last went). Choose a day when there is some wind and a bit of cloud. Good cafe, if a bit slow!

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

My husband and I, my parents and our two children (2 + 4 years) all had a lovely afternoon out at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens today. The garden themselves were beautiful with lots of paths and places for the children to explore, and my husband particularly enjoyed exploring the sculptures. We all loved 'skyspace' and the 'camera obscura'. The cafe was fabulous with lovely cakes and cream teas. Nice shop and plant area too. Amazing views.

1  Thank Suzanne C
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

On 20 June, we visited Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. This was rated as one of the major new attractions in Cornwall in a beautiful sheltered valley.

The gardens were lovely with woods, a stream and bog garden and scree garden with wonderful vistas and provided a showcase of what could be done for large scale and sub-tropical planting.

Alas, the sculpture / Art element of the garden was disappointing, we felt there was not enough artwork and what there was, the concepts of which were too abstract for the normal visitor to understand. The bulk of the art work seemed to be in the car park area.

The newest piece of artwork was a bull's head, which was hidden in shrubs, which did not display it to its full advantage.

The tearoom although very nice with a good range of food and drinks seemed to be expensive for this kind of venue.

We would not go back to visit this garden again unless there was a drastic change in thinking regarding the artwork. This could be a showcase for brilliant work. Its seems as if it can not make its mind up whether it is a garden with sculptures or a sculpture gallery in a garden.

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Really enjoyed trip with family to these gardens which have added interest with several sculptures/installations dotted around. Lush woodland and ponds contrasting with succulent zone. Lovely cafe and interesting shop/small deli. Great views overlooking St Michaels Mount.

Thank Andy L
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is definitely worth a look if you are in to gardens. There are some strange sculptures dotted around to keep the interest going, a camera obscura, and some great view points. The big white oval room with an open ceiling is particularly amazing. The decked walkway back down through the woods is lovely but I did wonder about the condition of some of the boards. Nice cafe to finish off with.

Thank KevinDrumm
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