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. 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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  • August 21, 2017
    They say that the definition of the Cornish is 'the Scots with all of the generosity squeezed out of them', well the truth is we do love a bargain and we got more than that in the lovely Lost Gardens....  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Visited during our holidays. Beautiful place to walk around for something different or if the weather isn't quite fit for the beach. Cool rope bridge to walk along. Nice gift shop and cafe but quite p...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Loads to do for kids including adventure playground stuff alongside the main walk, brilliant 'lost summer' den building and other activities on the East Lawn, marshmallow toasting etc. The kids loved ...  more »
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  • A visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan will never be a disappointment. It is a unique place with beautiful gardens and so much of interest that it would really need more than one day to fully appreciate it. At a small price visitors can also obtain a ticket to give free access for the remainder of the year similar to that offered at the Eden Project. There is a cafe on site offering a wide range of meals and the expected gift shop. A visit is highly recommended.
  • Others may find it brilliant, it has extensive gardens but we went some years back and to us it was like discovering a lost garden then. It has been revamped somewhat and this could be due to safety issues. We payed for the history walk and found this very good. It takes you around the gardens to the quieter parts. We didn't think much of the food. The Cornish pasties were very gristly. Wish we had taken our own food. Alongside there is a caravan site which we walked through. This looked very nice with about a mile and half walk into Mevagissy downhill on the way there but a bit of a climb coming back.
  • Incredible wildlife and fauna from the local area. Great day out with family and fun activities for all ages to do whilst there. Lovely cafe and a generally lovely place to enjoy a sunny afternoon
  • 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 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.

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Unless you want to use St. Austell as a base for exploring the area, consider staying in the picturesque Charlestown or a nearby beach town that boasts better views. St. Austell doesn't offer much to visitors beyond its proximity to nearby attractions and day-trip destinations. If you choose to stay here, there are a few local accommodations, including independent apartment or room rentals. However, the best options are in the harbor area of Charlestown. If you would prefer to stay along the Cornish Riviera, head to Carlyon Bay, Duporth, or Porthpean.
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