The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Explore Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Journey across the forgotten 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.
In our Jungle experience, intimate pathways edged with sub-tropical plantings have been created through the valley and its watercourses, and a rope bridge now extends across it all; offering a whole new perspective. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, bamboo tunnels, and gigantic rhubarb and bananas, 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, whether you’re accompanied on your visit by your own personal robin or you are lucky enough to glimpse a kingfisher or a hummingbird hawkmoth, our resident wildlife is sure to enthral and surprise.
Our unique palette of heritage flavours are incorporated within our daily lunch menu in the Heligan Kitchen, so that you too can taste the fruits of our labours. The licensed Heligan Tearoom provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for morning coffee, Cornish cream teas and hearty, home-cooked meals. 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. Today, the 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate offer quite simply, the best natural playground ever.
Best UK Gardens 2019/20 – Garden News Magazine
British Travel Awards 2016, 2017 & 2018 - Best UK Leisure Attraction - Gold Award
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2018/19 – Large Attraction of the Year
Garden of the Year 2018 – BBC Countryfile Magazine
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