Lost Gardens of Heligan - St Austell

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St Austell
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Lost Gardens of Heligan - St Austell

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.

Opening Hours and Prices

Open daily all year round.

(Except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Main Season (1st April to 30th September)

Heligan Tearoom open from 9:30am

Gardens open daily 10:00am – 6:00pm (last tickets 4:30pm)

Heligan Shop and Plant Centre - 10:00am - 6:00pm daily, except Sundays 12:00 - 6:00pm
Winter (1st October to 31st March) 

Heligan Tearoom open from 9:30am

Gardens open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm (last tickets 3:30pm)

Heligan Shop and Plant - 10:00am - 5:00pm daily, except Sundays 11:00am - 5:00pm

Adults     £12.50
Seniors     £10.50
Students     £8.00
Children (5 - 17)     £6
Children (Under 5)     Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)     £30