The West Country Sights



Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan Review

These sprawling grounds have something for all garden lovers, as well as an intriguing history. Begun by the Tremayne family in the late 18th century, they were rediscovered and spruced up in the early 1990s by former rock music producer Tim Smit (the force behind the Eden Project). In Victorian times the gardens displayed plants from around the British Empire. The Jungle Zone contains surviving plants from this era, including a lone Monterey pine, as well as giant redwood and clumps of bamboo. The Italian Garden and walled Flower Gardens are delightful, but don't overlook the Fruit and Vegetable gardens or Flora's Green, bordered by a ravine. It's easy to spend half a day here. Guided tours costing £2 are available daily at 11:30. Travel via St. Austell to avoid confusing country lanes, then follow signs to Mevagissey.

    Contact Information

  • Address: B3273, Pentewan, PL26 6EN | Map It
  • Phone: 01726/845100
  • Cost: £11
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Oct.–Mar., daily 10–5; last entry 1½ hrs before closing
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  • Location: Fowey
Updated: 08-06-2013

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