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The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

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One of the UK’s best-known botanical gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a century old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, and a wild area filled with subtropical ferns. The gardens also contain Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, an old method of growing this tropical fruit in colder climates. This area shelters a diverse native wildlife in a number of different habitats, such as hay meadows, grazed pastures, wetlands, and ancient woodlands. Start your visit at the site’s shop and plant center, where you can pick up a guidebook, walking stick, camera batteries, writing materials, and outdoor clothing. To visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan and get the most from your holiday in St Austell, create itinerary details personal to you using our St Austell trip itinerary maker website.
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  • Lovely gardens but the cost is now extortionate at £22.50 per adult. When I commented on the cost I was told it was summer. We used to have a locals pass but we are not quite as close now and... 
    Lovely gardens but the cost is now extortionate at £22.50 per adult. When I commented on the cost I was told it was summer. We used to have a locals pass but we are not quite as close now and...  more »
  • Had a lovely 3 1/2 hours at the lost gardens of heligan. Well worth visiting if you are able to walk on steep paths. We were nearly put off by the price but went as other (NT) gardens in the area... 
    Had a lovely 3 1/2 hours at the lost gardens of heligan. Well worth visiting if you are able to walk on steep paths. We were nearly put off by the price but went as other (NT) gardens in the area...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful place. The gardens are just enthralling, even if you are like me and can't distinguish one 'green thing' from another. I'm a wheelchair user, and the accessibility of this place is determined by mother nature. It's not over-developed, but it has reasonable accessibility in a lot of the site. They have free electric scooter hire which was very much appreciated. The scooter induction was very clear. Staff here are really very very good. Wildlife information provided is detailed and great for children to understand. Our 3yr old came away brimming with new knowledge and interesting facts... Definitely recommend this place. Just be prepared that wheelchair users and people with heavy prams will need to be prepared for some additional help or exertion. But that is WELL worth it.
  • Beautiful place with stunning scenery and a interesting story behind its discovery and following refurbishment. Clean and informative with plenty to see and do. Restaurant area is nice and has good food. Park area is really good. Access is very good around the park. Owners have the environmental messaging spot on (found Eden Project to be a bit over bearing and virtue signally) Great day out, lovely place, can’t wait to come again

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