Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration.

Discover romantic Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand, to explore our Italian Garden and Alpine inspired Ravine.

Get lost in our exotic outdoor Jungle whilst adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, outstanding trees and inspiring views, drawing the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores.

The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady all wait to be discovered along the Woodland Walk to delightful bird song. This sheltered path comes to life for children and adults alike as the woodland sculptures reveal themselves, emerging gently from the undergrowth, in a beautiful natural landscape.

Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife, which is celebrated at our pioneering Wildlife Project, offering an intimate view of native fauna.

The licensed Heligan Tearoom provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for morning coffee, Cornish cream teas and delicious home-cooked lunches, incorporating fresh seasonal produce from the gardens and estate. Our on-site bakery supplies fresh bread, scones and cakes daily. Whilst the Heligan Shop offers quality items, many of which have been designed, made, written or grown by staff on-site, providing an exclusive memento of a visit to the Lost Gardens.

Heligan is so much more than a garden restored; its own special atmosphere encourages contemplation and inspiration, satisfying the broadest range of horticultural and wildlife interests.

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome to the Gardens all year round.

Open all year: all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Winner of Winners

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Wildlife Friendly Business - Silver Award

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Garden & Country House of the Year - Gold Award

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14 - Garden of the Year - Silver Award

Dog Friendly
Accessible

Facilities

  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Group Visits available
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Shop
  • Beach within 2k
  • Countryside/Rural

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Accessible formats
  • Entrance flat / without steps

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Adult £12.00
Adult £10.00 Seniors
Free Admission £0.00 Carers for the disabled and Children Under 5
Child £6.00 Children 5-16
Concession £0.00 Pre-arranged Parties - price on application
Family £29.00 2 adults & up to 3 children

Opening Times

Open all year

Last tickets - 1 1/2 hours before closing

Directions

Train

St. Austell is our nearest railway station. National Rail Enquiries can provide details of services on 08457 484950. The Western Greyhound bus route 526 runs direct from the railway station to Heligan. Western Greyhound bus route 526 links Heligan with Mevagissey, Gorran Haven and St Austell. Route 526 also connects with services running from Newquay and Par. The bus stop is conveniently situated inside the Heligan car park. For full service details contact Western Greyhound on 01637 871871. Air South West, Ryanair, Flybe, Lufthansa, Jet2 and Skybus airlines all fly into Newquay airport, 20 miles from Heligan. For service details contact Newquay Airport on 01637 860600. A seasonal ferry service operates between Fowey and Mevagissey, which is our nearest harbour and approximately 35mins walk from Heligan. For details contact Mevagissey Ferries on 07977 203394.

Bus

St Austell's station has "Transport Interchange" with Mainline Rail, National Coach & Local Bus Services. There is also a Taxi Rank. Use Local Bus Services: Western Greyhound No.526 (Special Offer on Garden Entry may be available). The Cornish Way cycling & walking trail passes the Gardens on its way from St Austell to Mevagissey.

Whichever is your direction of approach, please travel via St Austell. We recommend that you do not use the country lanes to reach us. From the M5 - heading south join the A30 westbound at Exeter. At the Bodmin roundabout, take the A391 to St Austell. From Truro take the A390 to St Austell. From Newquay take the A3058 to St Austell. From St Austell / Eden Project take the B3273 towards Mevagissey and follow the brown tourist signs to “The Lost Gardens of Heligan”. The Lost Gardens are directly linked to National Cycle Network Route Number 3. This provides a safe, virtually traffic-free link to Mevagissey, Pentewan and St Austell.

Road

From the A390 in St Austell take the B3273 towards Mevagissey. Follow the Brown tourist signs to 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan'. (Watch for the right turn at the crossroads on the top of the hill past Pentewan)

Awards

Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner 2013/14 - Silver

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Gold Award

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Silver Award

Location

Heligan
Pentewan
St Austell Cornwall PL26 6EN

What’s nearby

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