Penrose Water Gardens

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6 acres of marshland, woodland and lily ponds

Penrose Water Gardens was established 45 years ago within a woodland valley on the outskirts of Truro in Cornwall.

With 6 acres of marshland and woodland with over 40 lily ponds and infrormal nature ponds all fed by natural springs.

Throughout the gardens you will find well stocked ponds brimming with hundreds of varieties of plants from our amazing water lilies and marginal plants to oxygenating and floating aquatic plants.

There are a number of seating areas for you to enjoy and watch the wildlife including the resident kingfishers, moor hens and ducks.

Open all year daily from 10.00 – 16.00.  Due to the weather it may be necessary to close the gardens in winter due to excess surface water and flooding on the paths.

Penrose Kitchen

The Penrose Kitchen is also situated within the Garden, though please bear in mind they are a separate business to the Gardens.  

They serve the very best of local and home grown produce in the beautiful surroundings of tranquil lily ponds. Enjoy al fresco dining at it’s best basking in glorious, balmy Cornish sunshine on the decked terrace with a grilled whole lobster and a glass of fizz in summer.  There is something for all tastes.

They are open for bookings Wednesday to Saturday 12.00 until 14.30 & 18.00 until 21.00, and Sunday 12.00 until 17.00.  Please note this is a dining only venue.

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Penrose Kitchen Access and Facilities:

  • Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome on the decking.
  • Free car parking.
  • Due to location mobile phone signal may not always be available but they do offer free, unlimited WiFi.
  • There is level access from the main entrance to – Accessible Toilet, Dining Tables, Lounge Area, Sun Terrace, Lawn. 
  • Large print menus are available. 
  • Some staff have disability awareness training.


Penrose Water Gardens
Cornwall TR4 9ES

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