River Garden Tour

Immerse yourself in Tregothnan’s River Garden. Take a journey through Coombe, Kea and discover the history and Tregothnan’s rich heritage of over 700 years. 

You will venture through Europe’s largest tea gardens, the world famous rare Kea Plum orchards, discover a jungle garden that has been hidden for 25 years and ancient Cornish apple orchards.  

During your visit you uncover the secrets of how Tregothnan pioneered growing tea in the UK, learn the historic process of tea making from bush to cup and indulge your taste buds with a tea tasting.  

The tour of the River Garden’s take around two to three hours, covering on foot about 2 miles. 

The walk includes uneven terrain, steep inclines and declines and stiles, so sturdy footwear (walking boots/wellies) is strongly advised. We recommend this experience is suited to guests with good mobility.  

Held at either 10:00am or 2:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads to protect our local wildlife. 

The tour will start and finish at the heart of Coombe in the Reading Room postcode: TR3 6AR.  

Pricing is per person.  

We require 24 hours’ notice for any changes. 

From: £65.00

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Get swept up in the magic of the largest tea gardens in Europe. The sheer scale of the landscape on view is breath-taking. Guests are always intrigued with this aspect of the living Tregothnan estate and how the landscape here has been cared for and managed for nearly 700 years. 

Your tour guide will be happy to focus on the areas you find most interesting, whether that is how Tregothnan started to grow tea, the history of Kea Plums or even why tea has become the most widely consumed drink on the planet (after water). 

Please note: Please wear study footwear (walking boots/wellies) as it is uneven terrain. There will be a stile you will need to be able to step over along with steep inclines and declines. 

How to get there –  

Search ‘International Tea Centre’ into maps 

Search postcode TR3 6AR  

You will be sent detailed directions and further information about the tour via email once booked.  

Children under the age of 12 are welcome on the tour free of charge

Customer Review

‘We enjoyed every minute of our visit to this fantastic tea estate, where we got a full panoramic view of the tea plantation, orchards and more – it was worth every penny! Lucy & the team gave us the five star treatment, really going above and beyond to make our visit memorable. We were even so lucky to have a private tour all to ourselves… A must-do day out for tea enthusiasts or couples and families who are hoping to see authentic Cornwall at its best and learn about this fascinating part of the country.’ Kate J P Luke