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


"Took partner away for a surprise birthday weekend. We couldn't have wished for more. The room (no. 2) was just beautiful with 4-poster bed, spa bath and all the comforts you could wish for. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed in and ate in the restaurant on the friday night. wow the food was excellent. best meal we have eaten in a long while. not cheap but worth every penny. would recommend to anyone, especially for a romantic weekend break (make sure to ask for room 2!!!)" Nov 2012

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