14th May, 2024

Open Gardens in Calstock – get there by train

St Luke’s Open Gardens season is back for 2024! Hop on the scenic Tamar Valley Line on Sunday 26th May, and feel inspired as you explore a host of beautiful gardens in the picturesque village of Calstock in Cornwall, just 30 minutes from Plymouth.

What is Open Gardens?

Open Gardens is an enjoyable and inspiring way to raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice. Simply turn up and explore a hand-selected variety of impressive local gardens, offering a unique insight into planning and planting arrangements.

It’s just £6 entry to the gardens and you don’t need to book in advance. Contactless payment is accepted (where signal allows) or you can pay by cash. Refreshments and plant sales will be at many of this year’s locations.

Calstock – Sunday 26th May

Hop on the train from Plymouth and in just 30 minutes you’ll arrive into Calstock. Take a short stroll down to the quay and you’ll see the St Luke’s stand where you can pick up your booklet and plan your route. Please note, the event is running from 11am – 4pm and it’s recommended that you arrive in good time if you’d like to get through all the gardens on the day. The route to see all the gardens is around 2 miles with some moderately challenging slopes (including to and from the station).

Get there by train

Catch the 11:10 train from Plymouth station, enjoy the stunning views as you cross the viaduct (pictured above) into Cornwall and arrive in Calstock at 11:43. Trains depart back to Plymouth at 14:22, 16:22 and finally at 18:46.

£7.90 Plymouth to Calstock – Adult Off-Peak Day Return

5-15 year olds are half-price. Under 5s are free.

Top tip – get a Devon & Cornwall Railcard (just £12 a year and now available online) to save a third on the above fare for you and a friend. You can also bring up to four children for just £1 each.

Explore Calstock

As well as Open Gardens, there’s even more to explore in Calstock! The village has some great food and drink options such as Lishe Coffee ShopValenti’s ice cream parlour, The Pasty Cellar and The Tamar Inn Pub. Or take a look at some local art and more at Salmagundi (pictured above) and Limekiln Gallery. Please check opening times before you go.

You can also set off on a 1.2-mile walk alongside the river and up through the woods to Cotehele National Trust.

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