History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
What to SeeThirty acres of woodland over mile after mile of beautiful walks. Some of these paths were originally used to take the Williams family around the estate in a pony and trap. The garden spreads out over a broad hilltop, so doesn't take advantage of the micro-climate of many Cornish gardens, yet it still manages to pack an amazing variety into the wooded site.
Highlights include a pair of monkey puzzle trees standing over 100 feet high. A relative of the monkey puzzle is the Wollemi Pine, thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in a remote Australian valley. Look for the 'Burncoose Magnolia', bred here by Arnold Dance, head gardener of Burncoose for 40 years.
East of the nursery is a stand of beech trees. In late April and early May this area is lush with bluebells in what is probably the most popular feature in the entire gardening year.
There are over 3000 different ornamental shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants. The acid soil at Burncoose makes it a valuable resource for anyone planning a garden with similar soil conditions.
HistoryThe Burncoose gardens are part of the Caerhays estate, and were laid out by the Williams family, who were also responsible for the design of Caerhays garden. The garden is now part of a commercial nursery specialising in bamboo, camellias, and magnolias.
The Williams family owned several successful mines and smelting works in Cornwall. John Williams the First bought Burncoose in 1715, and the family laid out extensive parkland and formal gardens near the house.
About Burncoose Garden
Address: Gwennap, Redruth, Cornwall, England, TR16 6BJ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 2 miles south east of Redruth on the A393
Website: Burncoose Garden
Phone: 01209 860 316
Photo Credit: Gwyn Jones, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Carn Brea Neolithic Settlement - 3.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
East Pool Mine - 4.6 miles (Historic Building)
Bosvigo Gardens - 5.8 miles (Garden)
Trelissick Garden - 5.9 miles (Garden)
Poldark Mine - 6 miles (Family Attraction)
National Maritime Museum Cornwall - 6.1 miles (Museum)
Pendennis Castle - 6.8 miles (Castle)
St Just in Roseland Church - 6.9 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Burncoose Garden:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
The Cornwall Centre
Tel: 01209 216 760
Alternate Tel: 01209 210 038 (low season)