We usually visit the neighbouring Glendurgan Gardens when we’re over this way (because we’re National Trust members). It’s 5 years since we’ve been to Trebah Garden and it was a real treat to return. Our first visit was when Eldest was just a few weeks old and we were still learning how to handle a pram (and a baby!)
Today we made a lengthy stop at the Tarzan play area and zip wire which the children loved. There’s also a play area for under 5’s which we didn’t explore today, our under 5 being keen to keep up with her big brother.
We meandered our way down through the garden towards the beach, taking in the koi pond (the boy loves a fish pond) and the amphitheatre. There are plays here in the summer against the beautiful backdrop of the rhodedendrons and the valley. Find out what’s on at Trebah ampitheathre.
There is so much to see at Trebah and we didn’t take it all in (the cafe being a must and it getting close to closing time!) We strolled past the Mallard Pond with its picturesque bridge and the 2 acres (!) of hydrangeas and over the steps to the beach. The hydrangeas were in bloom on our last visit; a sea of purple and blue leading down to the sea.
Positioned on the Helford river with views out to sea, Polgwidden Cove has not always been a place of leisure. The concrete plinths are a reminder of the 7,500 members of the US infantry who set of from here for Omaha beach as part of the D-Day landings. There are information boards at the beach if you want to know more about the history.
It’s well worth the entrance fee (which is a reasonable £4.50 for adults in low season) and although the draw of the maze at Glendurgan is strong, I hope we will be back here again soon. We certainly won’t leave it another 5 years.
What you need to know
Toilets: In the visitor centre, none in the garden.
Pushchair suitable? There are pushchair friendly paths, and some paths with steps. There is a narrow passageway of steps to the beach, with a place to leave pushchairs in the garden.
Time: As long as you like.
Here’s a taste of what you can see, and a few photos of our own below.
****Breaking news**** She walked! Youngest walked all the way around Trebah, with the briefest sit in the pushchair to eat a satsuma. She’s changing so much at the moment, and this is a welcome step forward from being carried or pushed and usually falling asleep. She’s definitely growing up.
She’s getting the hang of this walking. Notice the haircut too, courtesy of Mummy (who was at the end of her tether and picked up the scissors in a moment of madness!) Coats, shoes and jumpers still mostly refused, but I guess that’s par for the course when you’re 3.