19 Cornwall across the water at St Just in Roseland
View from the churchyard

Sir John Betjeman, who was Poet Laureate in the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death in 1984, considered that St Just in Roseland churchyard was the most beautiful on earth. He certainly had a point; it’s the most beautiful I’ve ever seen for sure. It must be what the Garden of Eden looks like.

The church itself is small and attractive, dating from the 13th century (although it apparently has an older Celtic Heritage). It is its position though, which makes it so special, along with the wonderful plants. Set on the side of the creek with its outstanding beauty, it is surrounded by sub-tropical grounds.

13 St Just in Roseland church
Of course, in that part of Cornwall, sub-tropical gardens are not rare, but there is such an air of peace at St Just and this makes it extra special.

We have made several visits here before. We used to live not too far from the Roseland Peninsula. We were there for about 14 years, and discovered this gem quite early on. Whenever we had visitors staying with us we took them. Without exception, they all found it delightful.



7 Cornwall gunnera at St Just churchyard
Gunnera at St Just in Roseland church

We’d not been back to Cornwall for many years, but we’re now trying to fit short breaks away between our various medical appointments. Earlier this month we had a four-night break at St Mawes, near to St Just. It was a lovely nostalgic trip and we were able to meet up with friends we’d not seen for quite some time. The weather was kind to us for the time of year, so it all looked lush and wonderful.

18 Cornwall beautiful stained-glass window St Just in Roseland

22 Cornwall tree ferns in graveyard
Tree Ferns at St Just churchyard


If you ever have the chance to visit, please do so. It is well worth it.

11 thoughts on “St Just in Roseland

  1. Yes I agree – so lovely there. Really nice walk from St Mawes with great views of the Fal estuary too if you fancy a bit of a stomp.

  2. Hello, Chris! The exterior of the Church and the stained glass window do really look beautiful.

    As are the shots of the garden. …Now that thing in about the centre, with the brown Trunk, is that a Fern? Never knew they could grow so big!

    But would like Many more pictures of the Area please! 🙂

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