The Lost Gardens of Heligan
near Mevagissey, Cornwall
Average time spent – 4+ hours.
Things to do at the Lost Gardens of Heligan review
There is so much to see and do at Heligan Gardens. You can honestly get lost, wandering around the 200 acres of gardens, farmland and woodland walks, boredom is not an option! Set in the Cornish countryside near to the stunning historic fishing village of Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a much loved day out.
As a local, my top tip to getting to Heligan Gardens is to follow the brown tourist signs through St Austell. A slightly longer route than going direct via sat nav, which takes you down some pretty tight single track country lanes unsuitable for large vehicles.
At Heligan Gardens you will find the Heligan Kitchen and Bakery, Plant Centre and shop. Then you enter the gardens, which are especially stunning in the Spring and Summer with flowers and produce. A map is given when you pay for entry so you can plan your route. We start with the gardens first then onto the farm. Here you will see many farm animals with some rare breeds.
Next up is the new for 2019 East Lawn Adventure Play Area for children. Included are slides and rope climbing. The Lost Valley and The Jungle are not to be missed as you make your way around, with giant exotic plants, pools, wildlife and one of the longest Burmese Rope Bridges in Britain. If you are fine with walking uphill the last part of your walk is through the beautiful ancient forest where you will meet the Mud Maid.
Eating – There is the Heligan Kitchen and Bakery which serves delicious local dishes with local produce, some of which is from the estate itself. You are welcome to picnic outside.
Facilities in brief – 200 acres of gardens, farmland and woodland walks. With farm animals and an adventure play area. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket costs £15.00 and £7.00 for a child aged 5-17 years old. Under 5’s are free.
Opening: The Lost Gardens of Heligan is open all year round except for Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN, Cornwall, England. Phone: 01726 845100
Written by Rachel from Rachel Bustin.
Category – Great Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
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