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Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wander around this enchanting garden, which has been beautifully restored after being abandoned for more than seven decades. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most popular gardens in the U.K., known for its rich history. Once part of a 1,000-acre (400-hectare) Victorian estate, the gardens fell into disuse before being nurtured back to their one-time grandeur in the 1990s. See the subtropical plants of the compelling Jungle, stroll through the romantic Pleasure Garden and explore the secluded paths of the Lost Valley.

In Victorian times, the gardens of the Tremayne family estate showcased plants discovered around the entire British Empire. Following World War I, the gardens fell into disuse, becoming buried under ivy, bramble and fallen timber over the decades. Eden Project mastermind Tim Smit and Tremayne family descent John Willis began restoring the gardens in the 1990s, with the help of a team of gardeners, horticulturalists and volunteers.

Today, enjoy the fruits of their labor as you admire the 200-acre (80-hectare) garden’s unusual sculptures, formal lawns and functioning kitchen gardens.

With its tree ferns, swaying palms and bamboo tunnels, the Jungle is the garden highlight for many visitors. This section is set in a steep valley, creating a microclimate a few degrees warmer than the rest of the grounds. Walk along the Jungle’s raised boardwalk, looking for original plants that once belonged to the Victorian garden, including a Monterey pine and a towering redwood.

In the impressive Productive Gardens, more than 200 types of fruits, vegetables, salads and herbs are grown using traditional methods. Once an important source of ingredients for the meals of the Tremayne family and their guests, these gardens are now used for meals at the on-site Heligan Tearoom.

See the stunning Pleasure Gardens, which include an Alpine-inspired ravine and a candlelit grotto. Look for an 82-foot-high (25-meter) rhododendron, touted as the world’s largest. The surrounding woodland walks are dotted with interesting structures, including a giant’s head that blooms with flowers during certain seasons.

Find the Lost Gardens of Heligan 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) from St. Austell. Reach the gardens by bus or car. There is an admission fee. Opening hours vary by season.


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