Attraction in St Austell
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years after the Great War of 1914 bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this 'Sleeping Beauty'. After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history. Instead, fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life, a small band of enthusiasts, which has grown into a large working team, have restored the gardens and estate, creating a destination with a breadth of interest around the year.
Today over 200 acres are open for exploration including the award-winning restoration of Heligan’s Productive Gardens, Victorian Pleasure Grounds, a sub-tropical Jungle, ancient broadleaved woodland, walks through beautiful Cornish countryside and a pioneering Wildlife Project allowing visitors a close-up view of Heligan’s wildlife.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are so much more than a garden restored; their own special atmosphere encourages exploration and contemplation, satisfying the broadest range of historical, horticultural and wildlife interests.
Months Open: Apr-Sept, daily, 1000-1800 (last admission 1630); Oct-Mar, daily, 1000-1700. Closed 24-25 Dec.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Admission Price: Adults: £11
Children (5-15): £6
Family (2+3): £29
Gift Shop: Yes - Heligan Shop & Plant Centre
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