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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

(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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TripAdvisor
  • We've just returned from a fantastic day out albeit very very muddy! All three children (ages 8, 3,1) had a magnificent day exploring these beautiful gardens. There is so much for the children to do t...  more »
  • Lovely place to visit and have taken out annual membership. Visit regularly and took our grandson recently he loved the sheep and piglets.  more »
  • This is a definite day out for any family or couple. We were greeted by a really friendly and helpful member of staff who helped us plan our walk around the estate. The mud maid and giant are amazing....  more »
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  • Really lovely gardens, lots of history. Would advise bringing your own food as we did; there are picnic facilities and the food provided seemed a little on the pricey side. There seemed to be folks of all ages having a good time, but I'd recommend the Eden Project for younger kids over this if you could only pick one. Be prepared for a fair amount of walking. If you decide to do elements of the gardens that are outside the main 2 tours then there are several steep paths as well, but the main gardens are fairly flat.
  • Just amazing. Be warned though, take plenty of water on hot days as the rest areas and food kiosks are spread thinly. Be prepared for a good long walk too! The gardens are stunning and there's enough to keep children entertained too. A highly recommended day out (but you will need the full day)
  • Loved this place - great walks and so much to see. Great day out for adults and kids. Would have loved to see more pictures of the old place with the restoration work in situ to be able to put the old, the found and the renewed into context. Still a great day out and would visit again. Where Google reviews get 45 minutes as a typical time to spend here I don't know - we stayed 5 hours and still didn't get to see it all
  • You can spend hours here and it's so fun and interesting. Good exercise too! I don't rate the food from the bbq though, my burger was cold and rock hard. And the coffee in the cafe is just weak instant stuff. Bring your own food and drink!
  • 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.