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By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

By Helicopter - Direct to Tresco

Fly direct to Tresco with Penzance Helicopters - making the flight to the Isles of Scilly as memorable as the destination

Before you Arrive

Before you Arrive

Our pre-arrival checklist - from letting us know your travel plans to ordering your wine and groceries

Tresco Offers & Breaks

Tresco Offers & Breaks

From seasonal escapes to wellness and creative breaks and last-minute offers, discover our latest offers & breaks on Tresco Island

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

Tresco Island Gift Vouchers

From a luxurious spa day or indulgent dinner to a weekend island retreat. Treat someone special to the ultimate island experience.

Eating on Tresco

Eating on Tresco

From beachfront dining to our cosy island inn, get a taste for island-inspired dining with a Tresco twist

Grocery

Grocery

Prepare a grocery pre-order in advance of your stay, or shop online during your time on Tresco, with delivery straight to your accommodation

Events & Experiences

Events & Experiences

From the Low Tide Event to live music, Abbey Garden Theatre and more, discover extraordinary events on the Isles of Scilly

Daytrips to Tresco

Daytrips to Tresco

Whether you're coming from elsewhere on Scilly, or further afield in Devon or Cornwall, a day trip to Tresco is the perfect day out

Daytrip Itinerary - Botanical

If you’re passionate about plants, a day spent on Tresco will be an absolute delight. Scilly’s position in the Gulf Stream encourages a temperate climate across the islands, allowing a range of plant-life to thrive here. Take a look at our botanical highlights:

This itinerary is suitable for all - the route to and from the Abbey Garden is a relatively long walk if you're arriving to New Grimsby quay, and the terrain is hilly but smooth.

Some rougher terrain is involved with some of the seasonal add-ons suggested below. An Abbey Garden visit itself is doable within a half-day, or extend your botanical explorations with our seasonal suggestions.
Horticultural Map
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Morning

Make the Abbey Garden (1) your first stop – you might even spend the entire day here as there’s so much to see. Home to over 4000 species of plants from across the globe, there’s something in bloom all year round.

The Garden took shape thanks to Augustus Smith, who took over the lease for Tresco in the 19th century and considered collecting exotic plants a hobby. His legacy has been continued and nowadays plants from the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

You’ll find striking King Protea and the handsome Lobster Claw, great blue spires of Echium, brilliant Furcraea, Strelitzia and shocking-pink drifts of Pelargonium. Not to be missed!

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Lunch

You might not be ready to leave the Garden just yet, so head to its Visitor Centre for lunch. Serving hot pastries, sandwiches, salads, hot drinks and scrumptious cakes, take a seat in the outdoor space and keep an eye out for red squirrels!

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Afternoon

Seek out other exciting plant life depending on the time of year - check out our suggestions below:

Spring

Spring

April sees impressive echiums come to life across the islands – find clusters close to the Island Office (2) and by the Ruin Beach Café (3).

The gorse flower is also impressive – the central wooded stretch of Tresco boasts plenty of this.

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Summer

The Abbey Drive (4) and Gimble Porth (5) are vibrant with rhododendrons – their fuchsia flowers are irresistibly cheerful. Head to the banks of Pentle Bay (6) to see Tresco’s iconic agapanthus in bloom too.

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Autumn

Keep an eye out for vibrant pink Belladonna Lilies at the side of the road, or if you’re visiting the Abbey Garden, the Red Flowering Gum Trees are quite a sight to behold.

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Winter

Gorgeous golden daffodils line the fields and hedgerows – take a stroll through the banks and dunes along Tresco's east coast (7) to see them.

Winter Blooms

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Stay on Tresco

Find your perfect place to stay on Tresco, from rooms and apartments to self-catering countryside cottages and beachfront boltholes, all with Spa & Abbey Garden entry

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