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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

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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. Use our St Austell trip generator to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan on your trip to St Austell, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Wonderful history of the garden as it is being restored. Also great as they are protecting and promoting rare breeds of farm animals as well as fruits and vegetables. I am sure it would be a great day...  more »
  • We had a very enjoyable visit to the gardens. There is a nice variety on offer – including the more “show” gardens nearer the entrance together with a vast vegetable garden. I was impressed with the p...  more »
  • Whenever in the area find a day to visit, as so much to see so a second or more visits will be necessary!  more »
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  • What a lovely place. We came at Easter and there were some great activities on for the kids. We had a great time. Lots to see and do. A little steep on entry price but you can spend a long time here so it is worth it,
  • Good accessibility, large car park and plenty of toilets. Food is good but on the pricey side. In the local farm shop is decent selection if pastys, wine, beer, organic jams, meat and vegetable. Though veg & fruit are not only local, so be prepared for London prices. Overall the garden is huge... If you walk the whole garden it can take you between 3 to 5 hours. Great for active kids, families and dog walkers. There are farm and wild animals around you, so your dog should be other animals friendly :D.
  • Quite a nice walk. The jungle walk with route bridge is pretty good. The best part was surprisingly a demonstration of the wood shop. The is a guy who spends his free time making wooden spinning tops and was very entertaining. Overall not bad but with it if using the joint ticket with the Eden project
  • Good day out and great walks through the grounds. Walled garden is excellent with an interesting history lesson of people who worked here around the 1914-18 war. Restaurants with fair pricing and great Carrot Cake. Rhododendrons in full view at the end of April
  • Well thought through visit. All facilities available on arrival. Friendly helpful staff. Lovely garden. Even the sun shone!