The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan

All Year Round

10:00 – 18:00 (17:00 1st October – 31st March)

Last tickets 1.5 hrs before closing.

For groups, prior booking is essential, please phone for details.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan,
St Austell,
PL26 6EN

t:01726 845100
e:[email protected]


Dogs Allowed
Plants and Shrubs for sale
Whole or partial disabled access
Toilets on site
Special party rates.
Car and coach park
Entertainment for children

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About The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration.

Discover romantic Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand, to explore our Italian Garden and Alpine inspired Ravine.

Get lost in our exotic outdoor Jungle whilst adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.

Ancient woodlands and grazed pastures are managed to promote wildlife, which is celebrated at our pioneering Wildlife Project, offering an intimate view of native fauna.

Heligan is so much more than a garden restored; its own special atmosphere encourages contemplation and inspiration, satisfying the broadest range of horticultural and wildlife interest.


Why is it called The Lost Gardens?

The outbreak of the First World War saw the beginning of a dramatic alteration in the economic and social infrastructure of Britain, and many of the large estates went into decline, including Heligan. In 1990 when Tim Smit, John Nelson and Tremayne descendent, John Willis, took an adventure into an overgrown wilderness, they discovered a lost world, which was to be lovingly restored in Europe’s largest garden restoration project to date.

When is the best time of year to visit?

Heligan is open all the year round and each season has its own particular character, as the seasons change different areas of the garden take their turn to shine.

How long should we allow for our visit?

To see everything fully would take up to two days but we suggest a minimum of four hours to get a taste of the Northern Gardens, the Jungle and Wildlife Project.

Are dogs allowed in the gardens?

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome to the Gardens all year round!

What can I expect to see?

Victorian Productive Gardens, Italian, New Zealand, Flower, Sundial and Ravine Gardens, Crystal Grotto, a sub-tropical Jungle and ancient broadleaved woodlands.

Does Heligan hold any special events?

Heligan is host to a wide-ranging programme of seasonal celebrations and outdoor performances on summer evenings. Visit the Heligan website for up to date listings and information:

Do you have to pay to enter the Heligan Tearoom, Shop and Plant Centre?

No, and we also provide free parking and toilet facilities for visitors wishing to sample the delights from the Heligan Kitchen and on-site Bakery. The Heligan Shop sells many beautiful and exclusive items made on-site.

What happens to the produce from the Productive Gardens?

Over 200 varieties of the fruit, vegetable, salad and herb are delivered fresh to the Heligan Kitchen where they are incorporated into the daily lunch menus. Heligan reared beef, pork and lamb from the Wider Estate is also served in the Heligan Tearoom.


Other Gardens Nearby

Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens


Tregrehan Garden