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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of magical gardens with an incredible legacy.

  • 4.6

  • from 10751 Google reviews

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About the garden

It has been three decades now since the restoration of the Lost Gardens captured the public’s imagination, taking these 200 acres from overgrown jungle back to the original glory seen at the outbreak of the First World War, when its gardeners were sent away, many never to return. Heligan has now been sensitively restored as a living memorial for these brave soldiers - and what an incredible memorial it is!

Lose yourself in a huge world of gardening inspiration, from ancient woodlands to sub-tropical jungle, pleasure grounds, walled gardens and amazing sculptures.

Alongside the planted features, the gardens feature an abundance of wildlife, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars and a field guide. After you’ve had your fill of nature and gardens, you can stop at the Heligan Kitchen to enjoy delicious locally-sourced food, including meat from animals reared on site.

Opening times

April - October 10AM - 6PM (last entry 4:30PM) Winter 10AM - 5PM (last entry 3:30PM)

Useful details

Garden area

200 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Cornwall, PL26 6EN

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Find the garden

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
PL26 6EN
Sat Nav Postcode
PL26 6EN
Public Transport
St Austell is our nearest railway station with the Transport for Cornwall 23 bus service linking to The Lost Gardens of Heligan with Mevagissey.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 10751 Google reviews

Dr HNS - Lazy Tiger Mum

10 months ago


The lost gardens were some of the most beautiful and well loved gardens I’ve seen. The trees in full blossom was just so amazing to look at. It was packed with wonderful surprises for children to explore and play with. The rope bridge is worth the long walk down to cross and the play area would keep any child busy for hours while you have a rest. There was a delicious selection of food available in the restaurant and the cafe with a warm and welcome atmosphere. The 3 for £12 jute bags in the gift shop make wonderful gifts for friends and families or you can just keep them for yourself!

Donna B

a year ago


Words are hard to describe this place as its marvellous place to explore and would require more than one visit to this place. Definitely its a great experience for all in particular if you like history, gardening, flowers and enjoying the great outdoors. Mixing it with great views and walks, not so great for those who struggle with uneven surfaces and walking great distances. But don't let put you off as you can enjoy the grounds in small doses. Beside the grounds and woodlands to explore there is a gift shop, places to buy food and other refreshments as well as toilets. It is best if you pick up a map of the place as you can plan where you like to see first. The staff are very friendly and very helpful....willing to give you direction if you feel lost and will soon get back on track.

Kate G

7 months ago


10/10 for this place. Lots to see and do, you’ll be exploring for a full day if you do the whole park. There are easy and more difficult paths, something for everyone of all abilities. We took a picnic but also had delicious ice cream too. There was also lots of other food options including a BBQ eatery. Finding a bench to sit and rest was easy. Very dog friendly which is so lovely.

Clare Walker

6 months ago


Visited with my husband and 18 and 20 year old children and two dogs. We all really enjoyed it! There was too much for us to see in one day and would definitely return. Everyone agreed that they enjoyed the jungle area the most. We took a picnic and had coffee and ice cream which was nice. There is also a lovely shop selling gifts and nice foods .

Nick Baker

8 months ago


Amazing gardens with an amazing story. The gardens themselves are so unique with the overgrown rhododendrons due to them not being managed for so many years while the gardens were lost. I imaging they will give an amazing display when you get the wall of them all in flower together. The woodland walk and the longer trails are great to see a bit more but take good walking footwear. I walked around five miles to cover almost off of the tracks. The jungle has some great sights to see along the boardwalk and I suggest detouring off it down the small tracks to really get stuck in to the area. The rope bridge is great as long as you don’t get very slow people on it causing a massive queue. The cafe has great tasting cakes and nice coffee.

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01726 845100

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