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The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to thousands of exotic plants from around the world flourishing right here on the Isles of Scilly...

Here off the coast of Cornwall, Spring comes early, autumn stays late and winter hardly exists at all. Truly a subtropical paradise, Tresco Abbey Garden is brimming with plants that would stand no chance at all just 30 miles away on the Cornish mainland.

The beautiful garden, built in the 19th century around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey, is home to species from across the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

It’s quite easy to while away a day meandering among sheltered glades of tree ferns or strolling along sunny terraces, gazing out across the borders to the ocean views beyond. Even non-gardeners cannot fail but wonder at the array of scents, sights and sounds that await around every corner. The Garden Visitor Centre and Cafe, Valhalla figurehead museum and gift shop round off a perfect day.

There are daily tripper boats to Tresco from the neighbouring islands of St Mary’s, Bryher and St Martin’s, and regular trips from St Agnes. Please see island boat boards for details.

Please note: the Garden itself remains open throughout the year, but the Garden Visitor Centre and Cafe is closed during the winter (early November until March).

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£15.00 per ticket
Over 65s£13.50 per ticket
Under 16s£5.00 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Garden open all year' Garden Cafe closed November - mid March

Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Plant Sales
  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Event venue
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Allow at least half a day
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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