The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.
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  • Julie S
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out with the dogs
    This was a really enjoyable day out, and even better that we could take our dogs with us. The woodland walk was nice enough but we were blown away by the jungle area. Even in winter it was mesmerising, and we really enjoyed walking through the camellias in full bloom. The cafe was inviting and we really enjoyed the food, but it was horribly noisy in there (especially chairs scraping on the flooring) and some sound insulation is desperately needed. Staff were friendly and helpful, and we really enjoyed our visit. Was worth the entrance fee.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Little Miss Clumsy
    119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but pricey
    We visited whilst on holiday in Falmouth. It's a nice place to spend a few hours but I thought it was very expensive especially as they don't offer any concessions. We also ate in the restaurant but my vegetarian meal was quite disappointing. All in all a lot of money was spent!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • UKHec
    418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant gardens, lovely food.
    It’s HELIGAN - of course it’s going to be amazing. I want to single out the newly refurbished Stewards House cafe for praise. As a vegetarian my husband is used to only getting one choice but today he could have eaten any of the mains - soup and a cheese scone (I had that and loved it); cheese and wild garlic quiche with salad (he had that and loved it); curried cauliflower wrap (a close second choice for both of us). It’s a lovely environment and dog friendly. Pretty people-friendly too!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Nicky D
    London, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit.
    What a treat. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and well kept. Some lovely walks, great adventure park for the kids. Rope bridge was fun. Some really great views. Lambs in season and a few other animals to look at. Had a £11 full English in the cafe and it was definitely work it. £58 for 4 of us. I think it’s decent value. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great day out.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Rjw332
    181 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    We all really enjoyed the lost gardens. Lovely having a wonder through all the different areas and the children loved the play area. Main criticism was I paid for 2 adults & 2 children and when I got home I realised they did a family ticket which would have worked out cheaper; it’s a shame the man who served me didn’t tell me this.
    Thanks for coming to see us. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. With more new additions being built in our East Lawn Play Meadow, we hope that you'll come back to explore more soon. Our apologies that you were incorrectly charged. If you have a moment, please call us to discuss this with a member of the team. 01726 845100 selecting option 6.
    Written 17 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Madalyn H
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom1,902 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic gardens
    A wonderful garden restoration. Lots to see for everyone - whether in the kitchen garden or down in the Lost Valley. Whilst this is a fair walk it is well worth it - and the "best" part of the garden. Great sign boarding regarding the significance of individual plantings and restoration. Plenty to keep all ages happy.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Derek J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out - would highly recommend a visit.
    Fabulous day out and great that the dog was welcome too. We took a beautiful walk around the lost valley - a bit hilly in places but not too strenuous for anyone with reasonable fitness - then headed up to the jungle walk which is a must see! The closest you’ll get to visiting a tropical paradise in the UK! Make sure you try the rope bridge. The magnolia and Azalia were in full bloom whilst we were there and looked amazing. Good options for food and drinks throughout the garden which were not too pricey… but if you’re worried about the costs then take a picnic. There are loads of places to stop and eat. A great day out. Would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • PandyPandora
    Harpenden, United Kingdom913 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Lost Gardens of Heligan - Pentewan, Cornwall
    This is a great day out. There are 200 acres of gardens, woodland and farm to explore. It's advisable to pre-book timed tickets. There is a fair sized car park on site. It is possible to hire a mobility scooter for free for those with mobility problems. This service may need to be pre-booked during busy times. There is a large gift shop selling some lovely products and a cafe with a really good vegetarian menu. Check out the iconic Mud Maid in the woodland area. Another highlight was The Thunderbox Room, which the Imperial War Museum have now recognised as a war memorial (The Gardiners of Heligan House).
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Hannah
    United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see attraction – perfect for children.
    A beautiful and endless place to explore! We visited last Summer when they ran the fairy treasure hunt, and it was a wonderful experience for our little one. So many things to discover and capture the imagination. The rope bridge was a highlight, as well as the wildflower fields in bloom. There is A LOT of walking for little legs though, and lunch food did seem a little limited (we ordered from the vegan tent but would have preferably taken a packed lunch)
    Hi Hannah. Thanks for coming to see us last summer. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. If you have any further feedback/suggestions regarding food options, please feel free to send them our way as we'd love to hear from you. We hope to see you again this summer.
    Written 17 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Anna F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing for a young family.
    Can’t rate highly enough for a day out with the family. Thank-you Heligan Team for creating a family changing area with a toilet, changing table, chair and nappy bin etc all in a private area. This makes such a difference to enjoying a day out with a young baby and young family! Gardens were absolutely stunning as always and the Roots & Boots activity for children was fantastic. Really can’t rate highly enough.
    Thanks for coming to see us. With many team members having younger families, we know the importance of having the right facilities. We're really pleased to hear that our family room made such a difference to your visit. Thanks for taking part in our Roots and Boots trail. Do keep an eye on the events section of our website. Heligan Wild Week is just around the corner and Superworm will be wiggling his way to Heligan this summer too.
    Written 17 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2023
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Ash G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
BEAUTIFUL lights so magical and such a complement to the winter gardens. You cannot guarantee the weather but you can certainly count on a great day out here.
Written 2 March 2024
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DCP5454
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a great experience! I didn't have high expectations but the gardens were so much better than this. A beautiful environment to stroll around for a couple of hours. The variety of flora was amazing and the colours fantastic. Crossing the Burma rope bridge was also an interesting experience too. The cafe was also very well done with authentic home made treats and a personal touch. The staff behaved like they really cared about their jobs and the place they work. Great service!
Written 29 February 2024
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beth
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The lights were absolutely wonderful. Weather was rubbish but still had a great time. Food was expensive for what it was but overall a great evening.
Written 17 February 2024
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Jamie B
Burnham-On-Sea, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the gardens arriving early afternoon. Easy to find from the road and lots of parking available. Entering through the shop we were greeted by a very polite and knowledgable staff member. We had reserved concerns that as some of the areas of the garden were closed (all advertised clearly on the website) that paying full price was a bit cheeky. This was immediately rectified though (without us saying anything) by each receiving a five pound voucher to spend in the cafe or shop on the day. More than fair in our opinion and certainly gave us the impression visitor experience is valued here.
The map is easy to follow and pretty informative. We followed the path through the gardens and then down through the lost world and the jungle. The jungle was quite impressive, laid out well with jungle type trees and fauna surrounding small ponds with a walkway going around it, and the rope bridge was fun.
In total it we spent a good couple of hours walking and exploring. It felt like good value for money. The currently closed areas were clearly marked but it didn’t feel like we missed out on much - there was still more than enough to see. Having visited the Eden Project recently as well, this is the place to visit if you have just time for one place to visit in this area with an aim of seeing trees and plants.
Overall, a really great visitor experience.
Written 4 February 2024
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Poppy
Gloucester, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing experience taking our dog here. I wasn’t sure if they’d be much to see as our visit was in the winter, but the gardens were absolutely beautiful and there was so much to see.
We saw a woodpecker and lots of frogs, and we even had some robins eat worms out of our hands, which was so cool. The price for a student was very reasonable and they give you a 5 pound gift card to spend in the shop or the café so we had a hot chocolate which was lovely. Perhaps the standard adult ticket is just a little expensive for winter time when there isn’t so much in the way of flowers etc.
There are also loads of animals which i wasn’t expecting and that was one of my favourite parts.
I got to stroke dusty and Camilla the donkeys and chat to their keeper who was so lovely. We also saw Isabelle the elderly highland cow who was so sweet.
I would walk my dog here every day if I lived nearby and would recommend to anyone visiting Cornwall.
Written 2 February 2024
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Jane H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We visited the Night Garden at Heligan on the 1st Jan, the weather was awful but the lights were absolutely enchanting.
We took our 11 year old granddaughter and to hear her gasp in awe was just magical.
The atmosphere created by the lights, fire pits etc is just so beautiful and magical. Absolutely loved the experience.
Also on a practical note I have mobility issues and there were plenty of places to stop and sit undercover.
Written 5 January 2024
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PThomas1985
Stourbridge, UK341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited while in Fowey, having never been before. Lots to see and, by far, the best part was the jungle. Nice and quiet visiting towards the end of November, but the gardens, as you might expect, don't look at their best. Still very nice to wander around, and the shop and cafe / restaurant facilities were great
Written 31 December 2023
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Sarah C
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Went to the night time Christmas event which was fabulous. The lights were beautiful the 1 mile trail took in the walled garden & the kitchen garden it was well signposted and plenty of stewards around to guide you. The animal sculptures were really well designed and located. Loved it will go again.
Written 30 December 2023
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Kath B
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had family staying for Christmas and travelled a very long way from our home in Cornwall hoping for an enchanting winter lantern event at the Heligan Night Garden. It was ok but nothing that made us go Wow! The food there was very expensive and the pulled pork bap in the barbecue hut was the worst I’ve ever had. It was a small bap with dried out pork and dry coleslaw. Couldn’t taste the apple sauce at all. It was a whopping £9 and for three baps plus three drinks it cost over £44. So on top of the admission costs the evening cost us over £100 for 3 x adults. I would have expected a much better display (More festive) and better quality of food. I would most definitely not recommend this.
Written 30 December 2023
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Telecoms2
Hampshire220 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited the Night Garden Christmas lights festival and were somewhat disappointed, having visited Blenheim Palace Christmas light display a few weeks ago, we had high expectations, however, the Heligan experience was quite frankly disappointing, there was no flow between the different displays, most of which looked like someone had gone to B&Q in their lunch break and cleared out the Xmas stars and fairly lights display. If you’ve never ventured out of Cornwall, or experienced the Christmas lights at Longleat or Blenheim then you will probably stand in awe, but if you have been to other displays around the country, you will just think “meh”.
Written 24 December 2023
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Thank you for coming to experience the Heligan Night Garden and for sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor. At the time of this response, the Heligan Night Garden has been the most popular than it’s ever been with 93% of our guests rating the event as very good or excellent. We do however appreciate that some guests may have different expectations and are sorry that you left feeling disappointed. Please be aware that tickets to the Blenheim Palace winter cost 43% more than the Heligan Night Garden plus £10 to park with Longleat charging 61% more. These are very different events which are reflected in their pricing. All visitors are sent a post visit survey where we invite you to share any further feedback that you may wish to share to help us improve for future years.
Written 27 December 2023
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