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“Fascinating day out”

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Ranked #6 of 54 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth spending full day. Very spread out so using the map and planning a route is essential. Some steep paths so care needed. Insight into how country estates were organised, fascinating.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited in March, a bit ahead of garden season, but still had a wonderful day out. Some reviews seem to be disappointed by the fact that these aren't the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but I can assure you it's well worth the price of admission, even out of season.We enjoy a nice walk in the woods and the relative peace and quiet of the woods and gardens. The gardens have been restored from a terrible state and are still a work in progress as you will certainly notice on your visit. Once you've had the stroll around the gardens, there's a lovely cafe serving mostly locally sourced meals. I'd advise getting in early if possible as the gardens can get a bit busy during the afternoon, but be prepared to enjoy yourself, and wear your walking shoes!

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading so much hype about the gardens and history we were really looking forward to a walk around. After buying tickets and looking at the map, 55 minutes later we'd finished walking around the estate and hadn't seen anything that you can't see elsewhere on a woodland walk for free. The formal gardens are meant to be a major attraction, but they are full of weeds and the plants were far past their best. The estate management should be ashamed about their lack of attention to detail. We certainly won't be returning.

2  Thank Mike B
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Heligan G, Public Relations Manager at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to see that we have failed to meet and exceed your expectations. We are aware and taking actions to deal with most of the points you have raised. We believe that if you visited a few days later, you would find quite a different experience. It is literally changing for the better day by day.

The last nine months have been extremely testing, firstly we had the wettest autumn and winter that we have experience in years, mild but wet. It is always difficult for us to get onto the bare soil in these conditions (it damages the soil structure). One of the advantages of being situated in Cornwall is the mild winters which generally allow us to plant early and get ahead before other parts of the country. We generally plant our potatoes in early February and from there on the planting season starts. This year the wet was followed by extreme cold (the beast from the east) not once but twice, we experienced hard frosts for days followed by lying snow twice both are very unusual events in this part of Cornwall. We lost a lot of plants across the whole site in the Jungle, Productive and Northern Gardens resulting in much larger areas of soil being exposed. Since then we have experienced very different weather, extreme heat and very dry therefore we have felt on the backfoot ever since. It is always a race for us between getting the plants out and into the ground thereby stopping weeds and weeding and we haven’t felt on top of this since. It has been extremely hard on all the garden staff and I’m not exaggerating to say that it takes a huge toll on them mentally. At times they literally feel like they are losing the battle. Our practices haven’t changed from last year and more recently we have authorised additional labour to help. The hard-late winter isn’t all bad news certain plants have done well. The Rhododendrons flowered much later than normal and were much stronger than they have been in years and we received numerous compliments on how the gardens were looking. Roses are also experiencing a very good year and are strongly coming into their own but probably a month later than we normally experience. Two positive examples.

We do hope that you will reconsider returning and that we can invite you to see the gardens at their very best.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’d been to the lost gardens with my husband some years ago but didn’t see half of what I saw today. We spent 4 hours walking every path uphill and down dale and the three of us all thought it was excellent. The gardens still have that atmospheric feeling that they could still be lost. There are no manicured lawns or gardens that are “perfect” but the whole place has the feeling that it is loved and cared for. We had lunch in the cafe . It was excellent. The food is locally sourced and delicious. Congratulations to the young lady who was doing the coffees etc when we arrived at 10. There was a long queue and she never list her cool even apologising for keeping us waiting. She was still there when we left after 2. She must have been exhausted. Really excellent day out 5 stars all round.

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Heligan G, Public Relations Manager at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for coming back to see us to continue your exploration of The Lost Gardens. We’re really pleased to hear that you enjoyed another visit and appreciate this five star review.

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here today and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We bought the joint Eden Project (annual pass) and Lost Gardens ticket which is good value for money.
The gardens are split into several sections from The Gardens (with Kitchen Garden, Flower Garden, Flora’s Green) to The Jungle (with Burma Rope Bridge-fun albeit a bit scary!) to the Lost Valley. We loved seeing Thor the goat, the piglets and the turkey that would not shut up!
We spent about 4 hrs meandering around seeing the Giants Head and the Mud Maid, both eco-friendly sculptures. There are a mix of easy routes and also steeper ones which are clearly signposted.
Fab farmshop and we were lucky enough to be there when an Arts and Crafts market was on.
Highly recommended.

Thank Caz B
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