The Lost Garden of Heligan

At the end of the 19th Century, the Tremayne family left Heligan in a dreadful state. During the First World War, the allies used the Lost Garden of Heligan as a convalescence hospital for officers. Then during World War Two, American troops used Heligan as their base. The Tremayne family eventually sold the estate and yet it remained neglected. Thick brambles and sprawling ivy threatened to engulf the gardens forever.

There is so much to explore at the lost garden of Heligan. A day of discovering secret gardens, rope bridges and a giant's adventure playground await you!

The Lost Garden of Heligan

Enter John Willis! John is a descendant of the Tremayne family. He discovered the derelict gardens in the early 1990s and began a mammoth restoration project. One that still continues today. There is so much to explore! There’s secret gardens surrounded by high walls and ornate steps and a jungle complete with its own Burma rope bridge, water features and ferns.  There are wonderful woodland walkways and lush fields filled with wildflowers set to a backdrop of the ocean.

There is so much to explore at the lost garden of Heligan. A day of discovering secret gardens, rope bridges and a giant's adventure playground await you!

As you enter the Lost Garden of Heligan you would be excused for thinking it will be heaving with visitors. Indeed, the garden attracts many tourists and the country kitchen café is busy. But with so many hideaways, nooks and crannies to explore, you’ll feel like you’re in your own secluded piece of the English countryside.


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There is so much to explore at the lost garden of Heligan. A day of discovering secret gardens, rope bridges and a giant's adventure playground await you!


The Lost Garden of Heligan was the starting point for our ultimate road trip in Cornwall. Take a look here.

Useful Information

We started our road trip of Cornwall at the Lost Garden of Heligan. The Eden Project is located a few miles away too. If you would like to visit both, you can get a discount on the admission price of both.

Address: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN

Website: heligan.com

Entrance fee: Adults £12; Child £6; Under 5′s free

Parking: is free (whoop whoop!)

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There is so much to explore at the lost garden of Heligan. A day of discovering secret gardens, rope bridges and a giant's adventure playground await you!

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