Tresco Abbey Gardens

Tresco Abbey Gardens are one of the island’s main tourist highlights, and it really is a must-see with any visit to the Isles of Scilly.

A sub-tropical Abbey garden built in the 19th century around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey, it is often referred to as “Kew Gardens without the glass”, boasting a huge display of exotic plants from around the world, many of which would struggle to survive on the UK mainland.

It is easy to spend a day meandering around its terraces and shaded paths whilst taking in the array of scents, sights and sounds with sea views as an ever-present background.

The gardens are worth a visit at any time of the year as the displays are in constant transition.

Tresco is easily reached by daily ferries from St Mary’s  and takes around 20 minutes each way. Entrance tickets to the garden can be obtained on arrival.