The Garden Landscape Guide

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Despite being one of the most 'found' gardens in Britain, Heligan retains the cachet of having been made famous by a book and a TV series on 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan'. It was a romantic name for a place which fell into decline during and after the First World War and has progressively reclaimed since 1991 through a large scale restoration. The restored vegetable garden is excellent; the 'Jungle', a valley of sub-tropical plants, is dramatic; the 'Lost Valley' has grandeur of scale. Heligan has other interesting features, including a rockery known as The Ravine, a grotto, a wishing well, an Italian garden and other curiousities.

Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, England, PL26 6EN

All year, Daily except 24th and 25th December, Open 10am to 6pm

Adult £8.50, Senior Citizen £7.50, Child (5-16) £5.00, Child (under 5) free

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  • almost 6 years by Julian Gurney Head Gardener Leeds Castle 5 / 5

    well done a really great garden visited in May 2010 a real gardeners delight. Enough walks and entertainment to keep you occupied all day long if you so wished
  • over 7 years by faye 5 / 5

    The experience i received while visiting the gardens was out of this this world.
  • over 8 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5

    Although lovely as a Cornish garden, like Trebah, Glendurgan and others, I'm not convinced it is any better, despite the publicity it has enjoyed in previous years. Notwithstanding that, one must accord great credit to Mr Smit who has aided the financing of this place through some very energetic marketing without which the gardens wouldn't be so well restored and maintained.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Summer Photograph © Alan Bartlett
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, July 2008 Photograph © Alan Bartlett
Heligan gardens vinery Photograph © The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan italian garden Photograph © The Lost Gardens of Heligan
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