The Lost Gardens of Heligan

St.Austell, Cornwall

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK.

The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. After the First World War, Heligan’s historic gardens were neglected and became unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate in the 1990s. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

The gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area filled with sub-tropical tree ferns called "The Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant's Head.

The gardens are open daily throughout the year.

Address:
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan
St.Austell
Cornwall
PL26 6EN

Tel: 01726 845100

Email: info@heligan.com