Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.

The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called "The Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant's Head.

Official Lost Gardens of Heligan website


"We were staying for a weekend at a caravan park 3 miles away and decided to try hoops inn for for our first nights evening meal. We opted for the "early bird" menu (2 courses for £10). We all had the prawn cocktail to start. very generous portions. Then my husband and I had the scampi and my daughter the lasagne. All very nice. The staff were very friendly and attentive. we enjoyed it so much that we went back for our 2nd night and chose from the bar menu this time. I had the mussels which were absolutely gorgeous. No desserts as main courses were filling. We were going to try somewhere else for our last night but there was a couple of desserts we wanted to try so we went back to Hoops instead. This time my husband and i shared the fish platter for our main course and for our dessert he had a knickerbocker glory and i had the star anise brulee. Very nice. There was plenty of choices on the children's menu for my daughter. All in all we really enjoyed our 3 evening meals there. The staff each night were very friendly. We will return next time we are in North Devon." Oct 2012

- via Tripadvisor