The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

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#1 of 354 in Outdoors in Cornwall
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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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  • Had an afternoon for free, courtesy of RHS membership. Chose a damp afternoon and walked round with an umbrella. Walking through the jungle in the rain made it really feel like a jungle and added to t...  more »
  • Absolutely loved the lost gardens, although I think it would be better to visit in the summer when all the flowers have bloomed. Wear good walking shoes as it’s very steep and muddy in places! Would n...  more »
  • March was probably not the best time for visiting this place. Most of the garden had not bloomed... All we saw were preparations for the bloom. Also, the daffodil fair was not actually a fair. It was ...  more »
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