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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

Must see · Garden · Historic Site
One of the UK’s best-known botanical gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a century old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, and a wild area filled with subtropical ferns. The gardens also contain Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, an old method of growing this tropical fruit in colder climates. This area shelters a diverse native wildlife in a number of different habitats, such as hay meadows, grazed pastures, wetlands, and ancient woodlands. Start your visit at the site’s shop and plant center, where you can pick up a guidebook, walking stick, camera batteries, writing materials, and outdoor clothing. To visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan and get the most from your holiday in St Austell, create itinerary details personal to you using our St Austell trip itinerary maker website.
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  • The grounds to this historic house are beautiful, but no different from other large houses in Cornwall, worth a visit for the views but it is an expensive walk! I must add there is a lack of...  more »
  • Lots of lovely places to walk around in the fresh open air. A cafe was open to get drinks and some snacks. Lots of physical distancing in place so it all felt very safe.  more »
  • Passed here through a Camellia expedition,,, it was a fresh and natural day out adored the camellias there always so pretty and good to look at. Whilst on your travelles through out the garden see.....  more »
  • My family and I (parents, one adult child and two teenagers) had a great day out at Heligan with our dog in August. The gardens and jungle (my favourite bit) were varied, interesting and well laid out. There is plenty of variety and considering how long we were kept entertained for it was pretty good value for money on a family ticket. The flower meadow was absolutely spectacular and we must have chanced upon the best week of the year to see it judging by the astonishing number of flowers. The queue for the rope bridge was fairly painful (about 30 minutes) and none of the rest of the family could be bothered. Dogs are not allowed on the bridge under any circumstances. The length of the queue is simply a result of its popularity though and no-one made me wait. I enjoyed it when my turn finally came. The only negative aspect of our visit was the rather mediocre cream tea that we had at the Steward's House. A cup of very ordinary tea in a paper cup is no substitute for a pot of tea and some extra hot water. The scones were nothing to write home about and considering its ordinariness, the cream tea was over-priced. That said, we all really enjoyed the day and I have every intention of returning.
  • We absolutely loved it here. Staff were fantastic and the place is stunning. My 5yo loved the tree stumps area where they can climb and play. Gorgeous place and we will certainly go back again. Loved how a silver bracelet I dropped was returned to a member of staff and then handed back to reception. That was a lovely surprise to get it back.
  • Mostly a great place to visit. It's a fantastic story but one or two details for me were letting it down. Some really interesting plants and trees on the walk but very little in the way of labels, so you don't know what it is that you are looking at. Cafe, not convinced on paper plates and cream for cream teas in little plastic pots. Proper cutlery and wash?
  • Excellent. Better that my expectations. It was just great for all with brilliant gardens and play areas. The silent disco was brilliant especially the bee track. Plan to eat early to avoid crowds and try out the BBQ shed. Don't use the ice cream shed near the entrance as it took an age to be served. The ice-cream was lovely.
  • A huge garden with a wide variety of things to do and see from a walled kitchen garden to woodland walks. Play area for the kids to a Burmese rope bridge across a gorge. You can't see it all properly in a day. Eating to cater for lots of people, plenty of toilets and a large car park. Really enjoyed this but be warned the drive to get there contains some very narrow roads.

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