Tresco,Isles of Scilly

Introduction to Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Tresco - the second largest of the Scilly Isles - has been described as a 'holiday paradise', and after a few minutes ashore you'll understand why.

Tresco is best known for the magnificent Abbey Gardens, in the grounds of what was a medieval monastery although only part of a wall now remains. The Gardens have over 20,000 plants from all over the world, protected by the unique subtropical micro climate at the southern tip of the island. They were created by Augustus Smith, the 19th century Lord Proprietor of the Scillies, who built an environment of immense bio-diversity.

Tresco is also steeped in legend and history and is said to be the place where King Arthur was laid to rest. Its position at the extreme southwest of the UK made it strategically important and the island was home to King Charles’ Castle - a medieval fort built in the 1550s - which was replaced a century later by Cromwell’s Castle, complete with gun tower with two artillery platforms. 

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