The Garden Landscape Guide

Tresco Abbey Gardens

A famous sub-tropical in the Scilly Isles, on an island of only 750 acres. It was made by Augustus Smith, between 1834 and 1872, on a wind-blown peninsula which became the site of an Abbey in AD 964. The garden has a walled enclosure, terraces and two great cross-walks with dramatic views. Many of the plants are large and exuberant. One senses that he owned a copy of J C Loudon's Encyclopaedia of Gardening.

Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England, TR24 0QQ

All year, Daily, Open 10am to 4pm

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  • over 5 years by Ellie McJelly 5 / 5

    Amazing gardens!

    Wonderfully easy to spend a day strolling throughout the gardens. Many excellent plants from around the world. Well worth a visit. Kids will enjoy to, lots of exciting paths to follow and things to disover.
  • almost 8 years by Fern 5 / 5

    Tresco Abbey absolute delight...Kew Gardens with the roof off...all year round wonderful plants from all over the world...semi tropical microclimate...Echium pininana are weeds there ! modern figurative sculptures, and classical features not to mention a beautiful ruined archway...all that remains of the original Abbey.An absolute must see place.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly Photograph © Fern Alder
Tresco Abbey Gardens, Cornwall Photograph © Fern Alder
Tresco garden1 Photograph © Tresco
Tresco garden2 Photograph © Tresco
Tresco Abbey Gardens Photograph © Fern Alder
Steps, Tresco Abbey Gardens Photograph © Fern Alder