The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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SCARBOROUGH-JANE
York, UK100 contributions
exciting gardens
Jul. 2021
Wow fantastic gardens shop around our landlady was able to give us a discount code to secure 10% off the entry. It was a timed entry due to covid restrictions, we got early and the staff waved us through no problems. Coffee ok in cafe not much on offer for .gf in terms of cake offered lemon drizzle or lemon cream cake, ok if you like lemon. Plenty of toilets.

Gardens great tried to fit in as much as possible in about 4 to 5 hours. The kitchen gardens are superb, the rope bridge good fun. loved the tree ferns and the witches broom. So many different areas all beautiful tended.
Written 28 July 2021
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Fiona C
Stanmore, UK347 contributions
Very Enjoyable Walk
Jul. 2021
We booked in advance, weather great, we walked all around the Jungle, the flower gardens and vegetable gardens so well kept, we stopped to have coffee which was really lovely, this was recommended to us, throughly enjoyed the experience.
Written 28 July 2021
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Joanne C
136 contributions
Lovely gardens with beautiful flowers + woodland/valley/jungle walks.
Jul. 2021
We had a lovely 4 hours here enjoying the formal gardens with beautiful flowers as well as the woodland/valley walks plus the 'jungle' area. There was quite a long queue for the rope bridge in the jungle but other than that it is such a huge place that nowhere else felt crowded.
I have read other reviews that mention the food. I often expect to find high prices or limited choices and long queues so nearly always opt to take picnics for days out like this. Maybe that was a good call.
I have also been to the Eden Project which is great too but this place slightly edged it for me.
Written 28 July 2021
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norman W
Braintree, UK1,553 contributions
Something new every visit
Jul. 2021
Our third visit to these wonderful gardens. Each time we find something new and, I am sure, if we visited many times the same would be true. I must admit though, as we get older, there are parts that are strenuous to explore. Thank goodness we did the deeper parts earlier in our lives. One difference this time, which we didn’t know about until we had parked up, is pre-booking. We had to book in on my iPhone and wait until a slot was available. No problem. Also, more food and drink outlets throughout the gardens.
Written 28 July 2021
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The Wilts Country Gent
14 contributions
Set your expectations appropriately to not be disappointed
Jul. 2021 • Family
As with all things in Cornwall my expectations were set a little too high, hence the low rating. I was hoping for more. A walk around some pretty hilly countryside… unfortunately a little too commercialised and over visited (and yes, the irony of me visiting and then suggesting there are too many people here!). If you want a walk, stick to the coastal path. If you want a cafe, there are much better less visited dining places.
Written 26 July 2021
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HedleyLondon
London, UK80 contributions
Unique and magical
Jun. 2021
Basically there are two main aspects to a visit here - 1. the veg and formal flower gardens. 2. the jungle and wilder parts. I loved both.

We visited on a June weekday when it wasn't at all crowded. Often we were alone in the jungle. It was absolutely magical. You feel lost in this steep valley with its own microclimate. I found it much more evocative, interesting and beautiful than the jungle at Eden, because it felt more natural. But to be fair I'm sure that was partly cos it was less crowded. We walked straight over the rope bridge, no queue - fun, but don't bother with it if you have to queue for 20mins.

The more formal gardens are interesting, with things like Victorian pineapple-growing house etc. In June there were many flowers out with many fruit and veg varieties.

There are sharp divisions in people's reviews. I'd say, if you are interested at all in gardening, and in the landscapes plants can create, then you will find Heligan a unique and wonderful experience, well worth the entrance fee.
Written 26 July 2021
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gregson561
Leeds, UK57 contributions
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Jun. 2021 • Family
Really enjoyed a sunny day out wandering around the woods and gardens. Not the easiest to get to, I can see why they lost them! The food and drinks were a bit pricey but no more than you expect with a captive audience.
Written 25 July 2021
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www2tan
Cambridge274 contributions
Might start charging £19.50 for my pot plants
Jul. 2021 • Family
£19.50 can get you 80 chicken nuggets at Macdonalds and I’d rather spend it on that and increase my risk of diabetes than a walk in the woods.

Please god can these gardens be lost again.
Written 23 July 2021
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Gary W
Esher, UK58 contributions
An overpriced underwhelming walk in a Forest and few flowers and veg
Jul. 2021
It was with high expectations that we ventured to these gardens. The high admission price also helped to raise those expectations. After a walk for an hour or so through a forest taking in a few woodland sculptures, crossing a jungle rope bridge we hit the gardens. I don't know if it was the time of year but like others have said, underwhelming is word that comes to mind. It didn't feel like much was in bloom and I found the most interesting area was the giant vegetable garden with the vast array of different varieties of veg. A disappointing day out and would definitely opt for the Eden project again if I had to choose. Maybe these gardens should have stayed lost.
Written 23 July 2021
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Gill J
Milborne Port, UK75 contributions
Beautiful
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Beautiful, tranquil place to visit, lovely walks.
It was 28 degree when we visited but the leafy woodland walk was cool and we found a lovely area to sit in the shade and listen to the water feature.
Our 1st visit but won’t be our last.
Written 21 July 2021
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