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Pentewan, St Austell,
Cornwall, PL26 6EN

01726 845100

01726 845101

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Every Day (except Christmas Eve and Day)
Main season 1st April - 30th Sept: 10.00am - 6.00pm (last tickets 4.30pm)
Winter Season 1st Oct - 31st March:  (excluding 24th/ 25th December)
10.00am - 5.00pm (last tickets 3.30pm)
Adverse weather conditions may restrict access or opening times for safety reasons.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No

Pre-booked coaches and groups, contact for details

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All year around.

To see:

Heligan is an all-season garden.

Admission Prices

Adult £12.50; Child (over 5) £6; Over 60s £10.50; Family £30 for 2 adults and up to 3 children, Annual membership for member £25 Group rates: Adult £10; Child (over 5) £6; Over 60s £8.50 Group with guided tour: Adult £12; Child (over 5) £6; Over 60s £10.50

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Licensed Restaurant. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome to the Gardens all year round, Guide Dogs are also welcome all year.

Garden Features & Events

Victorian Productive Gardens including Vegetable Garden, Melon Yard and walled Flower Garden.
Pleasure Grounds including, Sundial Garden, the Ravine, the Northern Summerhouse, the Italian Garden, New Zealand Garden and Flora's Green.
Sub-tropical Jungle, ancient woodlands, Lost Valley and a pioneering Wildlife Project.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Camellias and rhododendrons introduced to Heligan pre-1920.

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Carlyon Bay, St Austell


Kingswood Bar & Restaurant, London Apprentice

Inns & Pubs:

Crown Inn at St Ewe

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Mevagissey & Gorran Haven

Description of Garden

The world famous garden restoration is now complemented by a new pioneering wildlife conservation project, centred out in Heligan's Wider Estate. In excess of 200 acres of working Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens including - pineapple pits, melon, citrus, peach and vine houses; Two acre productive Kitchen Garden; Crystal Grotto, Italian Garden, Sundial Garden, New Zealand Garden, Alpine Ravine, Bee Boles and Summerhouse Garden; 30-acre Lost Valley, a natural woodland setting rich in wild flowers, ferns and ancient trees, where the lakeside air is frequently heavy with the scent of charcoal burning; 22-acre subtropical jungle valley where a boardwalk meanders past four pools, through the largest collection of Tasmanian tree ferns in Britain, exotic plants, giant trees and over sixty varieties of bamboo.Pioneering Wildlife Project offers an intimate view of native fauna.

History Of Garden

It was Henry Hawkins Tremayne (squire 1766-1829), father of Grace Tremayne, who created the shape of the gardens as we see them today. This happy man was a curate in Lostwithiel and unexpectedly inherited the estate. Within a fairly short time a cousin died leaving him the Croan estate near Wadebridge and in 1809 the Devon branch died out leaving him the Sydenham estates. He hired Thomas Gray to draw up a plan of the garden (pre 1810) which shows it almost exactly as it is now.

Henry Hawkins was responsible for planting the major shelter belts. Having established the shape of the garden it was left to the three succeeding generations, who according to F. Hamilton Davey were noted horticulturalists, to build up the plant collections. Tim Smit masterminded its restoration in recent years.

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