Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.

The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of 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 stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking 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.

Official Lost Gardens of Heligan website


This is a very pleasant place in a really lovely location. Friendly and extremely helpful staff made our trip special. Lots of little nooks and crannies and a really beautiful garden make The Hoops interesting and quirky. We had very good food in the restaurant, and the bar menu looked good too. One criticism would be that every table in the bar is laid up for dinner which isn't great if you just want a drink. The restaurant manager was particularly helpful. I would recommend it highly but they need to get treacle tart on the pudding menu. Wonderful shower room!!

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