Puya and agave rear out of the bedrock, agapanthuses wave their heavy heads, and binding threads of rosemary, lavender and coronilla tumble down the terraces. Come and experience life beyond the castle walls...
Stroll among the steep, sloping terraces and you’ll spot all manner of unlikely plants, which thrive in this curiously mild microclimate. Despite the gales and salty winds that you’d expect here, frosts are a rarity and the rock acts as a gigantic radiator – absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night.
- Our Victorian ‘Seagull Seat’, the perfect place to absorb the bay views from the top of the west terraces.
- Spot exotic succulents nestled among the granite bedrock in the east terraces.
- Look out for our stunning agave Americana plant that’s set to flower for the first time in its 40-year history. It will produce a 20ft flower spike this summer, before setting seed and dying.
- Take a trip through time in the walled garden, planted by four Misses St Aubyns in the 1780s.
To visit the garden, you’ll need to book a ticket online. This ticket will give you access to the island itself, the garden terraces and walled garden, and the shops, cafes, and lawns. If you’d also like to visit the castle, you’ll need to book a combi ticket, which will give you access to the garden and historic castle.