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“Secret Garden”

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
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North Wales
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Secret Garden”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This really is like the secret garden. We first visited Heligan in the late 90's not long after it had been discovered and have watched it come slowly come back to life.

This year we returned to Heligan after some time and really enjoyed it, the best bit is getting lost, retracing your steps and finding other parts of the garden. The gardens are large and you could easily spend all day here. Every age group and ability is catered for.

Our daughter enjoyed the rope bridge in the jungle.

Any visit to the Gardens of Heligan will be especially poignant this year given the Centenary of World War 1, many of the gardeners joined up to fight and this is when the gardens slowly went to sleep.
There is a large cafe and picnic areas. The usual shop and within the car park a farm shop.

Visited May 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Wonderful gardens”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

So much too see and great diversity of plants . Lovely friendly staff in the tea rooms, shop and garden.

Visited August 2014
Thank Susan S
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Undoubtedly the best gardens I have ever been to. There is a lot to see and obvious effort to provide interest for younger children. Loved the giant sculptures and could have spent all day in the magnificent jungle area, which was quite stunning (though also steep in parts). None of us adults could resist a go on the rope bridge. The history and story of rediscovery add a layer of interest and all the restoration efforts have been well worth it. I have to agree with other reviewers that this is better than the Eden Project and I just wish it was nearer so I could go in all the different seasons to experience it in its full glory. If you can only visit one garden in Cornwall this is the one to go for.

Visited August 2014
Thank Julie F
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful gardens with a bit extra”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Despite waiting over an hour for the local bus service from Megavissey, the gardens were worth it although the appalling bus service meant our time was limited. We last visited the gardens about 15 years ago and so it was interesting to see the developments which had taken place, in particular in the vegetable and flower gardens. The addition of some interesting varieties of domestic animals such as Tamworth pigs, Aylesbury ducks, etc along with detailed information, added to the variety of attraction within these wonderful gardens. My husband, though no bird watcher, was particularly taken by the hide and its tranquillity. The children enthused over the rope bridge and the intricate system of 'secret' paths. We didn't have time to test out the shop or restaurants and took the public footpath (highly recommended for the interesting flora too) back to Megavissey to avoid another wait for the local bus.

Visited August 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Blooming great”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is an excellent place to spend a day... time just slips by as you explore the extensive grounds. There are 3 distinct areas I enjoyed: the veg plots, the flowering garden and tropical zone. A real feast for the senses and so beautifully tended. One of the gardeners even gave us some figs to sample and we came away with some planting ideas. Kids enjoyed it too. The wild meadow is worth a detour to see what birds you can spot and the farm shop is worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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