Things to see and do on Tresco

Explore the Abbey Garden


As well as its world-famous plant collection, the Abbey Garden’s walled network of pathways and sculptures means there’s a surprise around every corner. You don’t have to be an avid gardener yourself – to appreciate the sheer variety of sights, textures and aromas.

See the Military history


Many of Tresco’ s historic monuments hint at the islands’ strategic importance. Some date to the English Civil War – with forts named for both Cromwell and King Charles – and earlier still, with 16th century defences against potential French and Spanish invasion.

Boat, dinghy and kayak adventures


Tresco is the perfect gateway to many of the Isles of Scilly’s uninhabited islands and deserted coves. Hire a boat or kayak from the sailing centre beside Ruin Beach Café, and you could have Teän or St. Helen’s – arguably Scilly’s finest panoramic view – completely to yourself.

Fresh Food and Drink


Across Tresco there are a series of eating establishments suitable for all types of needs, from pub food to fine dining. There’s the cosmopolitan Ruin Beach café serving all day and infused with a Mediterranean flavour, the Flying Boat Club Bar and Bistro and the New Inn pub.

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Discover Tresco's castles


Tresco is the second largest inhabited island on Scilly and whilst it's home to the sub-tropical gardens, un-spoilt beaches and fine food it's also full of walking routes, ancient monuments and historic castles. Cromwell's Castle stands tall guarding the channel between Bryher and Tresco, it was built between 1548- 1550 and is one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain. Read on to find out more.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens


A visit to Scilly is not complete without appreciating the amazing flora and fauna, although this can be seen across the islands the best place to view thousands of tropical species is at the Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco island. The 19th century garden is home to some 20,000 sub-tropical plants.

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Walk the coast - Tresco


Like anywhere on the Isles of Scilly, Tresco also has its share of beaches, panoramas and secluded spots. Pentle Bay is especially peaceful, the rugged north-east coast boasts historic forts named for both sides of the English Civil War. It’s possible to walk the length of Tresco in a few hours, read on for our guide to explore the cosmopolitan island.

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