Cornish Bluebells in May

Published: Thursday 18th Apr 2019

Written by: The Team at Cornish Horizons

If you only do one thing in May, come and experience breathtaking carpets of bluebells in Cornwall.

You cannot take a bluebell for granted. A single bluebell is diminutive, en masse they take your breath away, often growing so close together they transform the woodland floor into a dazzling carpet of shimmering blue.

Dog in the bluebells

Below are some suggestions of where to visit near to Marazion:

Tehidy Country Park, Camborne
Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall with 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and a picnic area. With a different type of beauty for every season, Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round, particularly in April and May when the Cornish bluebells appear, making an even more stunning woodland walk. Visitors may stroll around the lake, explore leafy glades or wilder areas of woodland or be immersed in the rich flora and fauna. 

Penrose Estate, Helston
The National Trust administered Penrose Estate is a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall and cut off from the sea by a broad shingle bar heaped up by heavy Atlantic seas. There are many paths to explore around the estate and it's a great place for bluebells in early May. 

Godolphin House and Garden, Helston
Discover Godolphin House and Garden tucked away in lush countryside with over 700 years of Cornish history. You can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home and wander around the 16th-century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. It has barely changed over the years and boasts a beautiful path taking visitors through its winding bluebell wood.

Glendurgan Garden, near Falmouth
This superb tropical garden is fantastic for families, full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River and walk beside the carpets of bluebells amongst fragrant rhododendrons. Watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles, or find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip-trees and ponds teeming with wildlife. 

Enys Gardens, near Penryn
Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breath-taking; the ponds, where the waterwheel can be found; the flower garden, which is gradually being restored to its former glory; a New Zealand garden, which reflects J.D. Enys’s plant hunting interests, and many woodland areas, which show different types of planting including many remarkable trees. Dogs on leads welcome.

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