The Lost Gardens of Heligan tourism leaflet
OPEN DAILY ALL YEAR ROUND
(Except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
April - September: 10.00am - 6.00pm (last tickets 4.30pm)
No dogs admitted excepting assistance dogs
October - March: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last tickets 3.30pm)
Dogs on short leads admitted to the gardens
Ongoing restoration work or adverse weather conditions may
restrict access or opening times for safety reasons.
Lose yourself in
The Lost Gardens of
GARDEN ADMISSION 2010
Single visit charges (from 1st April 2010)
Child (under 5)
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)
Guided Tour (Daily at 11.30am
Apr. to Sept. incl.)
Annual Friends' Passes
(offering unlimited garden visits throughout the year)
Joint (2 adults)
Coaches and Groups welcome.
Please contact us for group rates and information.
From St Austell take the Mevagissey road (B3273) and Follow
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Telephone/textphone: (01726) 845100 Fax: (01726) 845101
E-mail: [email protected] www.heligan.com
This leaflet is available in largeprint, Braille & in German
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History and Restoration
Getting here - the nearest railway and bus station is St
Austell. Western Greyhound buses serve the gardens,
with a bus stop in our car park. There is off-road access
from the Coast & Clay Cycle Trail and via the public
footpath from Mevagissey.
Duration of visit - ideally a whole day, but don't expect to
see everything on a single trip; we have nearly 200 acres
for you to discover!
Stout footwear is recommended for those planning to
extend their exploration to the Jungle and Wider Estate.
Access information for disabled visitors is available in
advance or on arrival. We have toilet facilities at the
entrance & in the gardens.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Group visits - we have excellent support facilities for
coach parties. Prior booking is advisable for all groups
over 20 persons. Guided tours are available, if requested
when making your group booking.
Guide books are available in English, German, large print
and audio. There is no postal charge for advance
purchase. Full colour guides to Heligan Wildlife and
Heligan History are also now on sale.
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400
years, is one of the most mysterious estates
A century ago its thousand acres were at
their zenith, but only a few years later bramble and ivy
were drawing a green veil over this 'Sleeping Beauty'.
The gardens and estate were developed by four
generations of the Tremayne family between 1770 and
1914. At the heart they created Productive Gardens with
fabulous walled gardens, enormous glasshouses and
fascinating working buildings, which have since been
rescued from overgrowth and decay.
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In 1990, following
unite new pioneers with an energy and passion for this
extraordinary place, that saved the gardens from
Today, Heligan employs a large team of permanent staff.
Our gardening team replicates the original number from
the Victorian era. Traditional methods from this period
are also utilised and treasured, with the Productive
Gardens employing intensive and meticulous
Heligan offers a seasonal calendar of events including Spring,
Wildlife and Harvest Celebrations, Outdoor Theatre on
summer evenings and Lantern-lit Tours at Christmas.
Please visit www.heligan.com for current information
or call us on 01726 845100
methods carried out entirely by hand.
Whilst in the Northern Gardens we protect the traditions
of the past, down in the Jungle we focus on nurturing
that sense of horticultural adventure originally promoted
by the Tremayne family.
a living window on to the past, our
Gardens, stands as a working memorial to Heligan's Lost
An exuberant garden hosting a riot of luxuriant foliage,
outstanding trees, exotic plantings and inspiring views,
the Jungle draws the imagination on a journey far
from our temperate shores.
Horsemoor Hide lies at the heart of our pioneering
Wildlife Project, offering the perfect location to
enjoy Heligan's wildlife, both on screen and directly
Adventure along our raised boardwalk, snaking across
four ponds, past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and
avenues of palms. Lose yourself in tunnels of
towering bamboo and feast your eyes upon a
flourishing plant collection.
Here you can witness intimate dramas of the
natural world by viewing live and recorded footage
captured across the estate by a network of innovative
Throughout the gardens and estate, which are actively
managed to encourage wildlife populations, you may
observe many fascinating creatures, from birds, insects
and amphibians to moths, bats and even the famous barn
owls that have featured on BBC Springwatch.
Over 200 varieties of mostly heritage fruit, vegetable,
salad and herb are lovingly tended to supply the Heligan
Tearoom with fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year.
Today the Vegetable Garden, walled Flower Garden and
Melon Yard offer an enticing stage for a glorious
methods. Learn about exotic glasshouse fruits, Victorian
crop rotation and the inspiring horticultural landscape.
Woodland and Pasture
Shop & Plant Centre
Our licensed, award-winning Tearoom provides a
welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for morning coffee,
Cornish cream teas and delicious homecooked lunches.
Indulge yourself with Cornish pasties & ice cream or a
treat from our on-site Bakery, which produces fresh
bread, scones, cakes and slices daily.
Experience the unique flavour of Heligan.
Enjoy a relaxi
Our kitchens use both our own and locally sourced meat
and vegetables, creating a seasonally varying lunch menu.
Outdoor and indoor seating is provided, with a homely
wood burner ablaze on crisp winter days.
nder along winding paths
secluded gardens and past romantic Victorian structures.
Journey across the world, beneath the ancient
rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved
tree ferns in New Zealand, to discover our Italian Garden
and Alpine-inspired Ravine.
Explore the beautiful Cornish countryside of
our Wider Estate. This incorporates the historic Lost
Valley, sustainably managed woodlands, traditional hay
fields as well as pastureland that is home to our flock of
Wiltshire Horn Sheep and herd of Dexter cattle.
Lost Valley is a peaceful setting for ancient trees, a carpet
of bluebells in spring and the intriguing practice of
charcoal burning. Two tranquil lakes stocked with a
healthy supply of sticklebacks and rudd offer the perfect
spot for over-wintering kingfishers and Heligan's otter.
The Giant's Head, Mudmaid and Grey
Lady await discovery along Woodland Walk. This
sheltered path comes to life as these woodland sculptures
reveal themselves, emerging silently from the natural
With historic plantings over 150 years old,
the Pleasure Grounds are home to our National Collection
of 'Camellias and Rhododendrons introduced to Heligan
pre-1920'. Let these magnificent yet vulnerable specimens
captivate you as they grace the gardens with a flood of
vibrant spring colour.
All photographs taken at Heligan by J Stephens, R Perkins, L Tremayne, S de Courcy,
B Mitchell © Heligan Gardens Ltd. Additional images © C Francis, D Hastilow, H Knott, R Proctor,
Cornwall & Devon Media Ltd, Eco-watch Ltd. Map by Ruth Perkins. Leaflet printed by Francis Antony Ltd
To continue your enjoyment of Heligan browse in
our exclusive Shop, where quality items have
been carefully selected to be useful, beautiful or
informative. Many of these have been designed, made,
written, recorded or grown by staff on-site, to provide an
exclusive memento of your visit.
Heligan Plant Centre is stocked with a wide variety of
high quality specimens, nurtured on-site in the Heligan
Nursery. Our stock reflects plantings found throughout
the gardens, providing the perfect opportunity to
create your own piece of the Lost
Gardens at home.
Everyone can enjoy Free Parking
and Free Entry to the Heligan Shop,
Plant Centre and Tearoom all year round.