Bluebell walks in Cornwall: 10 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 10:32 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:57 05 November 2020

Spring in a beautiful bluebells woods in Cornwall. Photo credit: Ian Wool, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Spring in a beautiful bluebells woods in Cornwall. Photo credit: Ian Wool, Getty Images/iStockphoto

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April and May makes way for the robust and beautiful bluebell. Cornwall has plenty of wild woodlands and public gardens to spot this stunning bloom. We pick 10 of our favourite places to spot bluebells in the Duchy

1. Ten Acre Wood, Polmoria

This semi-natural ancient woodland has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Visitors can follow the Polmoria River along a sweeping bluebell walk under the magnificent oak and holly trees. A woodland activity area provides a perfect setting for a fun family day out.

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2. Burncoose Nurseries and Gardens, Caerhays Estate

The delightful Burncoose Nurseries and Garden at Gwennap, near Redruth, is well worth a visit in the spring, with bluebells, daffodils, primroses and wild violets in abundance. The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed and open to the public between February and June. Dogs are also welcome on leads.

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3. Pentillie Castle, St Mellion

Pentillie Castle will be opening its gardens to the public on 19 May this year – just in time to see the swathes of beautiful bluebells that adorn the landscape here each spring. Entry is £7 per person (children under 12 can visit for free) and traditional afternoon tea will be on offer for £22.50 afterwards.

4. Enys Gardens, Penryn

We recommend visiting Enys gardens to see the second horticultural wonder that is the garden in April and May when the bluebells are in their full glory. The gardens are open from the beginning of April, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2-5pm and on the first Sunday of each month. The garden café serves a fantastic Cornish cream tea too.

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5. Trewithen, near Truro

Open 1 March to 30 June for the 2018 season, it is a real treat in spring to soak up the southerly views from Trewithen, down the long serpentine lawn flanked with colour. From delicate snowdrops to robust bluebells, the gardens are home to an abundance of flora and fauna throughout the year.

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6. Lanhydrock

Some Cornish gardens are at their best in spring and one of these is Lanhydrock. From March onwards the grounds are carpeted with bluebells, the pink camellia blossom begins to bloom and the woodland garden and estate truly comes to life. Standard admission to the mansion and grounds is £15.35 for adults and £7.70 for children.

7. Godolphin House and Estate, Helston

From the banks of the River Hayle, to Godolphin Hill, there are plenty of beautiful places for a ramble on this stunning National Trust estate. But one of the best places to go in the springtime is to the wild woodlands where the ground is awash with bluebells in April through to May. Entry to the gardens is £7.50 for adults and £3.75 for children.

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8. Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll

Mount Edgcumbe is open daily and free of charge all year. A Grade I-listed country park of 865 acres, it has many miles of traffic-free paths ideal for children, plus an elegant mansion and formal gardens surrounded by extensive woods that are home to bluebells. The views across Plymouth Sound, the Hamoaze and Cawsand Bay are also worth shouting about.

9. Pencarrow House & Gardens

After the rhododendron and camellia fireworks of the spring, Pencarrow’s bluebells are a jewel in its summer crown. Drifts of cerulean flowers carpet the ground beneath the beech trees and along the woodland walks. The gardens are open every day from March until the end of October. There is a Bluebell & Wild Garlic Sunday taking place on 5 May when guests can explore the flowers and sample some wild garlic recipes.

10. Antony Woodland Garden, Torpoint

One of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, the Antony Woodland Garden is perhaps one of the most peaceful and majestic places to spot bluebells at this time of year. It covers sixty acres and The Wilderness section of the garden is the place to go if you want to spot these pretty springtime flowers. The gardens are open from March until October, 11am until 5pm (days of the week vary) and entry is £7.

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