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Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

Lost Gardens of Heligan

St Austell
PL26 6EN
Tel: +44(0)1726845100
Fax : +44(0)1726 845121
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Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this "Sleeping Beauty". After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history.

Instead, events conspired to bring us here and the romance of their decay took a hold on our imaginations. Our discovery of a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens, was to unlock the secret of their demise. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads "Don't come here to sleep or slumber" with the names of those who worked there signed under the date - August 1914. We were fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those "ordinary" people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.

We have now established a large working team with its own vision for our second decade. The award-winning garden restoration is already internationally acclaimed; but our lease now extends into well over 100 acres of the wider estate, leaving the project far from complete. We intend Heligan to remain a living and working example of the best of past practice, offering public access into the heart of what we do.

Our contemporary focus is to work with nature, accepting and respecting it and protecting and enhancing the variety of habitats with which our project is endowed.  An impressive range of wild flora and fauna has been identified within the gardens and estate, and visitors are welcome to explore the Heligan landscape to try and observe both common and rare species for themselves.

You are also invited to visit Horsemoor Hide, our pioneering Wildlife Interpretation Centre, where 'Live' images of Heligan wildlife are displayed on indoor plasma screens, drawing you into the dramas of life in the natural world in an intimate and unedited manner, as they occur, right here on our site. These privileged, close-up views of the life cycles of some of the creatures with whom we share this beautiful countryside can offer valuable insights into the factors accounting for success or failure in the wild, thereby informing our future land management practices.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

• Heligan Shop
• Plant Sales
• Car Park
• Guided Tours

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Opening Times
OPEN EVERY DAY (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Main Season (March - October): 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (last tickets 4.30pm)

Winter (November - February): 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (last tickets 3.30pm)

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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