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Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wander around this enchanting garden, which has been beautifully restored after being abandoned for more than seven decades. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most popular gardens in the U.K., known for its rich history. Once part of a 1,000-acre (400-hectare) Victorian estate, the gardens fell into disuse before being nurtured back to their one-time grandeur in the 1990s. See the subtropical plants of the compelling Jungle, stroll through the romantic Pleasure Garden and explore the secluded paths of the Lost Valley.

In Victorian times, the gardens of the Tremayne family estate showcased plants discovered around the entire British Empire. Following World War I, the gardens fell into disuse, becoming buried under ivy, bramble and fallen timber over the decades. Eden Project mastermind Tim Smit and Tremayne family descent John Willis began restoring the gardens in the 1990s, with the help of a team of gardeners, horticulturalists and volunteers.

Today, enjoy the fruits of their labor as you admire the 200-acre (80-hectare) garden’s unusual sculptures, formal lawns and functioning kitchen gardens.

With its tree ferns, swaying palms and bamboo tunnels, the Jungle is the garden highlight for many visitors. This section is set in a steep valley, creating a microclimate a few degrees warmer than the rest of the grounds. Walk along the Jungle’s raised boardwalk, looking for original plants that once belonged to the Victorian garden, including a Monterey pine and a towering redwood.

In the impressive Productive Gardens, more than 200 types of fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs are grown using traditional methods. Once an important source of ingredients for the meals of the Tremayne family and their guests, these gardens are now used for meals at the on-site Heligan Tearoom.

See the stunning Pleasure Gardens, which include an Alpine-inspired ravine and a candlelit grotto. Look for an 82-foot-high (25-meter) rhododendron, touted as the world’s largest. The surrounding woodland walks are dotted with interesting structures, including a giant’s head that blooms with flowers during certain seasons.

Find the Lost Gardens of Heligan 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) from St. Austell. Reach the gardens by bus or car. There is an admission fee. Opening hours vary by season.


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The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate ¥11,197
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate

The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate

Pentewan Road, St Austell, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in St Austell, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St Austell Brewery, Saint Austell Bay, and Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre. Charlestown Harbour and Porthpean Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). St Austell Station is 23 minutes by foot.

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    Heligan Cottage

    Heligan Cottage

    Old Farm Cottage, St Austell, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in St Austell, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan Sands, and Mevagissey Model Railway. Mevagissey Museum and Mevagissey Aquarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Lower Barns ¥13,654
      Lower Barns

      Lower Barns

      Bosue St Ewe, St Austell, England
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in St Austell, this luxury bed & breakfast is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Pentewan Sands. Mevagissey Model Railway and Mevagissey Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Terra Nova
        Terra Nova

        Terra Nova

        Terra Nova, St Austell, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in St Austell, this cottage is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Mevagissey Model Railway and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan. Mevagissey Aquarium and Mevagissey Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Coachman's Cottage ¥47,028
          Coachman's Cottage

          Coachman's Cottage

          Higher Nansladron Pentewan, St Austell, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in St Austell, this cottage is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Pentewan Sands and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan. Saint Austell Bay and Porthpean Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Vine Cottage
            Vine Cottage

            Vine Cottage

            Trudgian Farm St. Ewe, St Austell, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St Austell, this cottage is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Pentewan Sands. Mevagissey Model Railway and Mevagissey Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Bacchus - Rooms with a View ¥7,060
              Bacchus - Rooms with a View

              Bacchus - Rooms with a View

              Bacchus, Trevarth, Mevagissey, St Austell, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in St Austell, this guesthouse is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Pentewan Sands and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan. Porthpean Beach and Dodman Point are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                The Ship Inn
                The Ship Inn

                The Ship Inn

                Fore Street, Mevagissey, St Austell, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in St Austell, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mevagissey Model Railway and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Lost Gardens of Heligan. Mevagissey Museum and Mevagissey Aquarium are also within 5 minutes.