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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • Candy Smit and her hand-picked team have made this glorious place magical. To start the day with a delicious coffee and a couple of "daily bakes" from the cafe is how life should be in a perfect world...  read more »
  • We live close to 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan' and have seen the seasons come and go. This is one of my favourite places in Cornwall and I would certainly recommend a visit. The whole place is kept cl...  read more »
  • These beautiful gardens blend into the surrounding countryside seamlessly....different to the more formal gardens....this garden works with nature rather than taming it! Plan for a whole day and make ...  read more »
  • Loved these gardens. Could easily spend a full day getting round it. Very informative information posted along the way. Great facilities and lovely quality plants for sale at reasonable prices. Only thing I would love to see is a companion of some sort ( a donkey or pony would do) for the lovely shire horse Izzy. As horses very much herd animals it seems a shame to keep one on it's own.
  • I loved it, if you do the full walk, you'll need good foot wear. We were 3 and a half hours, but you could spend a lot longer. At one point I did feel I was in another country. Gardens were well looked after with some fantastic views. This is in July and can not comment on any other time of year. We also had our dogs as they were welcome as well.
  • Excellent day out. Much more to see and do than the leaflet gave credit for. Beautiful gardens with lots of different areas and plant types. Great things for the kids to do. Excellent food and coffee and shop. Would definitely go back but if weather wasn't good it would be harder to enjoy to the fullest.
  • As a family we were looking forward to the Bank holiday Monday, exploring the Heligan gardens. Unfortunately the gardens were full of weeds and the spring plants were a mess. Vegetable walled garden was half empty and uninspiring. The food and drink price's are extortionate, one very small pasty cost £2.50. Their filtered coffee tasted like dish water. The farm shop is so expensive, most items are 75% more there, than in the local supermarket. Very very disappointed will not return for at least 5 years, hopefully things will have improved.
  • On a sunny day in spring/summer this place is stunning. Truly magical place for children with lots to do. Stunningly beautiful gardens with a lot to see. Some fairly steep hills and a fair bit of walking. Good shoes reccommended. A full day is needed too. Probably a different experience on a rainy day or when the plants/flowers are not in season....
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