A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW01
The Lost Gardens of Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration, with a wide variety of landscapes waiting to be discovered. The award-winning restoration of Heligan’s Victorian Productive Gardens combine with beautiful formal Pleasure Gardens, a sub-tropical Jungle valley brimming with exotic foliage, woodland and farm walks through beautiful Cornish countryside and a pioneering Wildlife Project offering visitors a close-up view of native wildlife.
To reach Heligan without the car
- If you enjoy cycling you can reach Heligan by taking the Cycle trail all the way from St Austell along the Pentewan Valley. Bikes can also be hired from Pentewan Cycle Hire. Take the Western Greyhound bus 526. Alight at Pentewan to hire your bike.
- Take the Western Greyhound Bus 526 from St Austell Station to Heligan.
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 after the Great War of 1914 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, fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life, a small band of enthusiasts, which has grown into a large working team, have restored the gardens and estate, creating a destination with a breadth of interest around the year.
Today over 200 acres wait to be discovered, with a wide variety of landscapes open for exploration. In the Northern Gardens the award-winning restoration of Heligan’s working Productive Gardens combine with Victorian Pleasure Gardens including a secluded Italian Garden connected to the rocky alpine Ravine, the secret Crystal Grotto and Wishing Well and the formal Northern Summerhouse and Sundial Gardens. The Wider Estate incorporates longer walks through beautiful Cornish countryside and ancient broadleaved woodlands, whilst the pioneering Wildlife Project offers an intimate view of native wildlife.
Heligan’s Jungle sits in a steep-sided valley, which creates a microclimate at least 5 degrees warmer than the Northern Gardens and provides a home for a wide array of sub-tropical plantings. This exuberant garden hosting a riot of luxuriant foliage and outstanding trees, exotic plantings and inspiring views, draws the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores. Lose yourself amongst towering bamboo tunnels and banana plantations, travel along the snaking boardwalk past ‘giant rhubarb’ and palm-lined avenues and discover a world of adventure.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are so much more than a garden restored; its own special atmosphere encourages exploration and contemplation, satisfying the broadest range of horticultural and wildlife interest.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 6EN
Tel: 01726 845100 Email: email@example.com
Open daily all year round (except Christmas eve and Christmas day)
1st April – 30th September 10am – 6pm (Last admission 4:30pm)
1st October – 31st March 10am – 5pm (Last admission 3:30pm)
Why we have sponsored the Discover St Austell Project
We have chosen to sponsor this project because it is inspirational. It identifies to residents and visitors the assets of St Austell. It promotes local networks of sustainable access routes, linking impressive industrial and horticultural heritage sites with stunning coastal, moorland and woodland habitats, with their depth of interest for everyone.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan