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Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

Restored back from obscurity - The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of Britain's finest restorations. The jungle takes you through a valley with paths and pools, tree ferns and tropical plants. There are also formal gardens and a woodland walk.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, an attraction near Falmouth are one of Britain's most famous restorations in recent years. Rescued from a wilderness they have now become a must visit for gardeners from all over the world. We have all the information, map and accommodation nearby.

Who designed Heligan Gardens - the gardens appear to date from the 16th century and were created and improved by members of the Tremayne Family.

Lost Gardens of Heligan Opening Times  - see latest information here.

Normally open all year except 24/25 December, plant sales, refreshments, disabled access. Care with sat nav - may mislead you when you are close to garden - follow road signs instead.

Frequently asked questions about Heligan

1 - When is the best time to visit? - The best time to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan is between April and October.
2 - Are there other gardens nearby? - See our Cornwall Gardens page
3 - Is the garden Family friendly? - Yes - Good for kids and a great idea for school visits to learn about nature and plants.
4 - How much time should I allow for a visit? - around 2 to 5 hours.


We first visited here around 12 years ago and the gardens were amazing. The grounds are now better than ever and one of the highlights is the jungle walk with exotic plants and tree ferns - you could easily be in New Zealand.


There is however plenty more to see with fine displays of rhododendrons in early summer and woodland trails and bluebells.
There is a more formal side to the displays however with a pretty Italian Garden and colourful herbaceous borders. 


The walled Garden not only grows a wide range of vegetables but also has a flower cutting border.


The staff here are very keen on wildlife and so there are plenty of habitats for them including 60 bat boxes - housing greater and lesser horseshoe, pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats. There are 2 lakes where you might see Kingfishers and other birds.
This will be a great day out for all the family.

If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall this weekend we have some beautiful places for you to visit on your day out.


  • Telephone: 01726 845100
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  • Street: Pentewan
  • Postcode: PL26 6EN
  • City: St. Austell
  • County: Cornwall
  • Country: United Kingdom


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