Head to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful gardens with your four-legged friend in tow; Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens provide a sub-tropical haven to explore, dotted with installations from acclaimed artists – five of which are members of the Royal Academy of Arts – home to a gallery and kitchen restaurant as well as several excellent picnic spots where you can enjoy your own hampers.
Set in a sheltered valley, overlooking the striking St Michael’s Mount, your dog will be in their element exploring the sloping gardens on the edge of Penzance. There are doggie bins located within the grounds, as well as a couple of outdoor water taps to keep your pal hydrated throughout your visit.
The flourishing gardens have been masterfully designed with large-scale exotic plants including oversized shrubs, striking palms, tactile textured grasses, large walls of bamboo and an array of vibrant succulents with textures and colours that have been designed to harmonise with the landscape, working in synergy with the sculptures.
Dogs are politely asked to remain on a leash but there’s lots of ground for you to cover, meaning you can easily spend a morning or afternoon exploring the meandering paths, in and out of woodland with lots of shady areas, sculptural shelters and a gentle little stream for your friend to cool off. St Michael’s Mount provides a great backdrop and you will find lots of seating areas and viewpoints that have been cleverly positioned to take in the best of the island views. Onsite you will also find a two-story gallery that welcomes dogs; the creative space features an evolving programme of exhibitions from local, national and international artists and is one of the largest purpose-built galleries in Cornwall. There’s also a nursery with a superb selection of plants from the prettiest Cornish grasses to sub-tropical flowers and succulents..
Tremenheere is open all year round – we’d definitely recommend visiting throughout the seasons to take in the changing landscape and foliage, and witness how the installations interact with the elements, there’s always something new to see. If your canine companion is keen to explore further, then you can pick up one of the prettiest footpaths from the gardens and follow it all the way into Marizion. It’s an entirely flat path that runs alongside huge cornfields to a backdrop of sea views across to St Michael’s Mount. Once in Marazion there’s lots of coves to explore, and we can highly recommend The Godolphin Arms, positioned on the beachfront of the Mount’s Bay sweep – a super dog friendly spot to take time out with a refreshing drink and a light bite from the Crabby’s bar where the crab sandwiches and nachos steal the show – washed down with a local ale or gin, whilst overlooking the Mount. Marizion also offers a gateway for visiting the tidal island (dog friendly around the harbour but not in the island gardens) and a fabulous spot to take in those golden syrup sunsets.
I’ve been to many gardens in and around Cornwall and Tremenheere goes down as one of my favourites spots; there’s a stream for starters – allowing for a cooling dip – lots of winding paths and shady woodland spots, plus a pawesome path that takes you straight from the gardens into Marizion; think lots of sand, seaweed and salt air – perfect for four- legged play and potential for a sea swim too! At the gardens, us canines are looked after with water bowls and poop bins, along with access into the gallery space and the nursery.
Overall, It’s high-paws from me!
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