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Tresco Abbey Garden & Valhalla Collection

Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
+44 1720 424108
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Beautiful Gardens but lack of information about plants and staff training needed

Recently visited the Gardens and had a good day enjoying them as they are beautiful and the Golden... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Simply lovely

The gardens are lovely to walk around, very interesting, loved the ship figureheads. A visit to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Alison U
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Recently visited the Gardens and had a good day enjoying them as they are beautiful and the Golden pheasants and Red squirrels that live there made it even more special for us. I have put average as the lack of information about the plants growing...More

Thank ra28
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The gardens are lovely to walk around, very interesting, loved the ship figureheads. A visit to the cafe is a must, food was great and outside seating area a lovely place to sit.

Thank Alison U
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited here while on holiday, a really relaxing place and very knowledgeable staff who were willing to give information about the plants on show, thanks to Andrew for the information! Entertaining red squirrels, good cafe for lunch or a cream tea.

Thank davedonaldson
Reviewed 4 days ago

Remarkable steeply terraced garden on the southwest side of the Abbey house since 1850s - interesting trees and plants from the other 'mediterranean' ecosystems of the world, especially South Africa. Frost or snow is very rare. Unmissable having got here, but be prepared for the...More

Thank Seasonedtraveller33
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to be guided around these beautiful gardens by the Head Gardener who was most informative and passionate about his work and spent almost two hours showing us such a wide range of plants, trees from around the world. The weather was good...More

Thank vuepoint
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Isles of Scilly were the first port of call on the c raise and we visited Tresco by tender . The excursion cost £29 and was well worth the cost , fascinating tour and an excellent and enthusiastic guide . Then over to St...More

1  Thank clyn2n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How lucky were we on a sunny day with no wind! We arrived by Marco Polo to be ferried ashore on Tresco by local tenders and met by jeeps to drive half-a-mile to the entrance though most chose to walk. Entry was £15 for non-group...More

Thank DickTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Tresco gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit. Take time to wander and enjoy the whole ambience. It is amazing to feel the history of the gardens and marvel at the imagination and innovation that established them. A good cafe and shop as...More

Thank ChiefSJS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although some might complain at the £15 ticket to visit the gardens, I felt it was worth every penny. To see so many stunning plants from warmer climates in full bloom is a rare privilege in the UK. The intensity of planting and the depth...More

1  Thank HappytripperKent_UK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Undoubtedly the collection of exotic plants here is impressive- and the gardens as a whole are mature and well tended. However, there is a disappointing lack of information about the varieties growing; and no guidance about what to see or how to tour the gardens...More

Thank DevonshireMike
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if my cruise ship. Windstar WindSurf, arrives at 8:30 and departs at 2pm......enough time to go to gardens and Valhalla? still need to eat lunch. where does the ship dock?
3 February 2017|
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Response from bakedbean62 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about any of this as we stayed in St Marys. when you land in St Marys there are plenty of boards up detailing boat trips etc.
Hi, We have recently moved to Cornwall and can travel to Tresco at any time of year. What month would you recommend to see Abbey Garden at its best?
6 January 2017|
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Response from ReviewInProgress | Reviewed this property |
We were there in August and learned that we are probably no gardening people. We spent about the same amount of time in the garden as we did at the Valhalla museum.
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Is it possible to see the squirrels without having to visit the gardens? That is, do they live anywhere outside the pay-zone? I'm visiting Scilly next year for the first time, not a plant freak but like wildlife. Just come back from a hotel in the Lake District where they visit the garden for free!
29 September 2016|
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Response from TrescoIsland | Property representative |
Hi Oldpigsqueal, The red squirrels tend to stay around the garden but you do sometimes see them near the garden entrance and around the Garden Cafe... Even if you're not a plant fan, the Garden is still well worth a visit... More