Daytrip Itinerary - Cultural
There’s more to Tresco than beaches and seascapes – art and heritage also factor into the island’s identity. Digging a little deeper with our cultural highlights can make for an enriching day spent here.
If including all elements, the itinerary will take a full day.
Our gorgeous seafront gallery (1) is housed within a converted gig shed on New Grimsby harbour – it's bright, spacious, and like Tresco, has a little bit of everything.
From a broad selection of works by established southwest artists, to glassware, ceramics, wood carvings and sculptures, you’ll be awestruck by the array of tempting treasures on display.
Look out for the jewellery made on the islands, and pick up a selection of envy-inducing postcards too!
Stroll along the shoreline for a light lunch at the Flying Boat Café & Deli (2) - this light airy space overlooks the Tresco channel, with soothing sea views out towards Shipman Head on Bryher.
You’ll find two sculptures close to the restaurant – one above the nearby slip and another in Smith Square, just around the corner. Cornish sculptor Tom Leaper has created several outdoor pieces for Tresco which are dotted across the island.
Walk southwards either through the tree-lined Abbey Drive or around the Cliff Fields coastal path towards the Abbey Garden (3).
The Garden itself is well worth a couple of hours’ browsing – terraces are lined with proteas, agaves and aeoniums, and views from the top terrace take in the magnificent vista across towering palms.
Nestled within the incredible plant-life are more Tom Leaper sculptures and works by established sculptor David Wynne, all with a story to tell.
Don’t miss Valhalla Museum, which features figureheads and relics from shipwrecks which have historically taken place across the islands.