In brief: Originally created with exotic plants gifted by local estates, the Morrab Gardens date back to the 1880s. Tucked away in the heart of town, they combine shady walkways with bright open spaces.
Don’t miss: Stroll around and you’ll find an ornate cast iron fountain, Victorian bandstand, ponds and war memorial; all hiding among the palms, olive trees and bamboo.
Find out more: morrabgardens.org
In brief: Surrounding the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penlee Park contains species from all over the world. Once owned by the Branwell family, it was purchased by the town in 1946 as a living memorial to locals lost during the Second World War.
Don’t miss: The tranquil Memorial Garden is in bloom nearly all year and contains a small chapel for quiet moments. During summer, the park runs a packed outdoor theatre programme.
Find out more: penleehouse.org.uk