It is easy to see why the Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in Britain. Offering more than 200 acres for exploration, Heligan is a true paradise. This haven of peace and tranquillity offers a fabulous collection of plants from across the world. Explore the world-famous collection of enormous rhododendrons and camellias or journey south to Italy in the Italian gardens. The Victorian Gardens and Pleasure Grounds are perennial favourites, with romantic corners and a wishing will. The grounds house many romantic lakes, all fed by a century-old ram pump. This ancient woodland is rich with wildlife and hidden treasures. Can you find the Mud Maid sleeping on the Woodland Walk or the giant peeking out of the ground?

If you’re ready to warm up from chilly England, head over to The Jungle. This wild area is filled with prehistoric-looking tropical plants and water features. It even contains Europe’s only pineapple pit! Who knew you could grow pineapples in England? As you explore the gardens, look out over the grounds and see if you can spot the Cornish seaside.

To truly appreciate the impressive restoration of the Lost Gardens, visit the conservatorium to see the vintage tools that date back to Victorian times. Marvel at the extensive work that must have gone into these fabulous gardens when they were created and the extraordinary renewal that the gardens have undergone in recent years.


Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Tel:  +44 (0) 1726 845100
Times: Summer, daily, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Winter, daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm