Visit Tresco


The archipelago’s second largest island, Tresco is renowned for its world-class Abbey Gardens (see below). However, it boasts a number of other attractions and has a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. With rugged coastlines, empty beaches and historical sites, the island has lots to offer.

The only privately owned island in the archipelago is ideal for enjoying the great outdoors and is reached by a short ferry transfer from St Mary’s harbour. Whether you choose to stay on the island or just visit for the day, it is a must-see for anyone planning on coming to the islands.

Abbey Gardens

Home to a wonderful array of exotic plants from all over the world, the terraced sup-tropical Abbey Gardens boasts a collection of 20,000 plants from 80 different countries.

Pentle Bay and Appletree Bay

These perfect white sand beaches would not look out of place in the Indian Ocean, and have often featured on “best beaches in the world” lists. Ideal for a relaxing day and a picnic.

Cromwell’s Castle

Originally built around 1651 to protect the channel between Bryher and Tresco, Cromwell’s Castle remains one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain.

Gallery Tresco

Located on the stunning New Grimsby shoreline, Gallery Tresco showcases some of Cornwall’s finest art in a converted boatshed and holds regular exhibitions in the summer months.

Tresco Stores

Tresco Stores offer a wide array of some of the finest local produce, including the famous Tresco beef and Newlyn fish — and delicious Scilly ice cream.