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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of magical gardens with an incredible legacy.

  • 4.6

  • from 9800 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.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Cornwall, PL26 6EN

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Find the garden

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cornwall
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 9800 Google reviews

Paul G

a month ago

5

Absolutely beautiful place. The gardens are just enthralling, even if you are like me and can't distinguish one 'green thing' from another. I'm a wheelchair user, and the accessibility of this place is determined by mother nature. It's not over-developed, but it has reasonable accessibility in a lot of the site. They have free electric scooter hire which was very much appreciated. The scooter induction was very clear. Staff here are really very very good. Wildlife information provided is detailed and great for children to understand. Our 3yr old came away brimming with new knowledge and interesting facts... Definitely recommend this place. Just be prepared that wheelchair users and people with heavy prams will need to be prepared for some additional help or exertion. But that is WELL worth it.

Liam Wright

a week ago

5

Beautiful place with stunning scenery and a interesting story behind its discovery and following refurbishment. Clean and informative with plenty to see and do. Restaurant area is nice and has good food. Park area is really good. Access is very good around the park. Owners have the environmental messaging spot on (found Eden Project to be a bit over bearing and virtue signally) Great day out, lovely place, can’t wait to come again

John Gibson

10 months ago

4

A huge area of woodland incorporating the 'jungle', a steep wooded valley with streams, ponds and totally lush vegetation of a type only possible in the unique micro-climate found here. There are also large kitchen and flower gardens with a lovely selection of plants - including one of the few working pineapple houses. Over the last 20 years, a huge effort has been put into making this a wonderful place for anyone with an interest in plants or gardens. The boardwalk around the jungle makes even that area accessible to many who would be otherwise unable to manage the steep slopes. Highly recommended.

Kevin Phillips

11 months ago

5

What an amazing day out! It started with the new (to us at least) Burmese Rope Bridge - I suggest you do this early as it gets really busy - then continued onto the East Lawn where, as part of Wild Week, you can do Archery (4yrs+), Axe Throwing (adults-only, obviously), Kids Axe Throwing, Face Self-Painting, Fire Striking and Marshmallow Toasting (25p per marshmallow)...as well as all the play equipment, which is available all the time. There is also a small Farm Animal area, gardens and horticultural areas throughout. However, the best bit for me was the Jungle. Steep paths, adventurer-style environment with strange noises and smells, kids of all ages will love it! This is family and dog friendly, albeit there are some very steep paths so be warned. No special footwear was needed, however it hadn't rained recently which may change that! All in all, an absolutely fantastic day out. The staff weren't just helpful, they were excited for you to be there and that made you feel special. The entry area was COVID-safe, as was the Jungle with new one-way paths, however The Shop and Restaurant was a bit of a free-for-all. That said, masks were compulsory throughout all indoor areas. An absolutely amazing day out. We managed to go during Wild Week (see activities above), but even if you don't, go anyway, it's a fab day out for everyone!!

Jennie Terry

8 months ago

4

A lovely quiet peaceful place for a lovely day out. Lovely walks for all abilities. Some sections are on the steep side, so good walking shoes are essential. Some lovely stop offs to rest and take in the views and grounds. A very nice cafe to refuel and a shop. Will certainly recommend to friends and family.

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01726 845100

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