© Tate St Ives.
© Tate St Ives.

Garden Tours

Arts & Gardens in Cornwall

The undoubted star of this enriching and stimulating break is the newly extended and refurbished Tate Gallery in St. Ives, which has won the 2018 Museum of the Year award, the most lucrative museum prize in the world, worth £100,000. The gallery was specially created in 1993 to show a collection of work by twentieth-century painters and sculptors associated with St. Ives such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and exceeded all expectations in terms of visitor numbers. In the face of local opposition to its proposed expansion, the architects’ solution was to double the gallery space by excavating into the hillside behind the original building. The result has been described as “deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful, providing the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative” and we are delighted to offer the opportunity visit (or perhaps re-visit) this world-class venue.

We also visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden — Barbara lived and worked at Trewyn Studio from 1949 until her death in 1975 — and Falmouth Art Gallery which features major Victorian British Impressionists and leading maritime artists.

Cornwall’s gardens are renowned the world over and our tour includes visits to some of the best in the area. Highlights of our garden visits include Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces, and the formal courtyard garden of Lanhydrock, rich in flowering shrubs and trees.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Tour highlights:

  • The award-winning Tate St Ives, showcasing the cream of Cornish talent
  • The horticultural masterpiece of Hestercombe
  • Behind-the-scenes tour at Godolphin House
  • Sculpture and gardens combined perfectly at Tremenheere

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