Visit Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens
Open from 17th Feb
10:00 – 17:00 (until 14th June)
Last tickets 1 hrs before closing.
For groups, prior booking is essential, please phone for details.
Private beach open to the public all year round.
Plants or Shrubs for sale
Whole or partial disabled access
Toilets on site or nearby
Special party rates.
Car or coach park
Children (5 – 16) £4.50
Children (Under 5) Free
£2 discount to GARDENS ONLY tickets on production of proof of address in TR1 TR2 PL25 PL26 postcode area.
About Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens
Caerhays, an informal woodland garden overlooking the sea and extending to over 140 acres is owned by the Williams family. The origins of the garden can be traced back to the work of the Chinese plant hunters at the turn of the Century and many of their new plant introductions can still be seen in maturity in the garden today.
Caerhays is home to the x williamsii camellia hybrids but is perhaps best known for its huge, Asiatic magnolias which are usually in their prime in March and April. Caerhays hosts the Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias with over 600 different varieties on show. There are also over 80 UK record sized trees in the gardens as measured by height and girth.
The garden at Caerhays has a unique microclimate. The prevailing and frequently westerly gales rage over the top of the sheltered garden. Sea mists bathe the woodland in moisture and humidity which is very suited to the Chinese mountain habitats from which so many magnolias and rhododendrons originate.
In addition the rich acidic soil is ideal for growing ericaceous plants. Just as many would regard the castle as an ugly building without its setting in the Luney valley, so the gardens themselves would also be impossible to replicate if set in a less favourable environment.
The Caerhays Garden Diary
A Cornish Garden Diary from Caerhays Estate over 100 years
Transcribed entries from The Caerhays Garden Diary dating back to 1897, tracing noteworthy events from the garden over the generations.