Caerhays Castle & Gardens

World-class exotic gardens with a Nash mansion at their heart.

Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6LY

Caerhays Castle
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

It is difficult not to be stunned when you visit Caerhays Castle and its 140 acre Gardens which are the home of the Williams family.

The natural beauty of the coastline and its steep valleys, the architectural surprises, the inescapable sense of history and the range of activities and facilities that the estate offers, all set the scene for a wonderful day of discovery and exploration.

Opening Times


Please note: free entry for members is to gardens and grounds only.

14 February – 12 June: Open daily.

10.00am – 5pm (last entry 4.00pm).

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


The gardens are free to Historic Houses members but Castle entry incurs a further charge. Members can book via > Buy Tickets > Garden Tickets > HHA option. Alternatively members can just show their membership cards at the entrance to the gardens. Please note: members will have to pay for parking at Porthluney Beach, but will be refunded if they bring their parking ticket to the gardens entrance.

Garden: £10.00
Castle £13.00
Combined Garden & Castle: £20.00

Group Visits

Group visits are welcome and refreshments are provided. Find out more on their website.

Contact: Lucy Hastings at or 01872 501 310.

Educational Visits

Primary and Secondary schools are welcome for visits and schools make regular trips  to study local wildlife and fauna.

  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Gardens with an international reputation

The gardens originated from the work of plant hunters in China at the start of the 20th-century. Caerhays bred the very first x williamsii camellias and is today the home of a Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias containing over 600 species and named hybrids from around the world.

The gardens have an international reputation and have been described as ‘world class’. The castle itself was designed by the famous Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago and both the building and the two families who have lived and worked at Caerhays have played significant roles in the history of Cornwall and its former tin mining industry.

Caerhays won the Historic Houses/Christie’s Garden of the Year Award in 2016.

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