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“An absolute delight” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in St Austell
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Havant, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“An absolute delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We spent just over five hours walking around the Heligan estate and it's an absolute delight and well worth the £10 adult entrance fee. Wear stout shoes/boots and be prepared for a lot of walking up and down steep (and very steep) paths if you're going to see everything. The map and compass provided at the ticket office were much appreciated and a godsend when we found ourselves in the middle of a cow field. If you appreciate nature, country walks, gardening and wildlife, there's just so much to get immersed in (and I don't mean cow pats!). We even came across some lovely ancient breed pigs, one of which enjoyed a good long rub behind the ears from me.

We noticed that you can take well-behaved dogs on short leads in from October during the winter months; we saw many dog walkers.

This is definitely one place I would love to return to in the future.

Visited October 2012
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“My Favourite Garden in Cornwall.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Superb,and this is my second visit.A wonderful experience.We enjoyed the peace and quiet,the different plants,trees and wildlife.This is a real treasure,the walks,the Jungle walk in particular,for the entrance fee,this is superb value for money.I tell everyone who is going that way to call in and visit,they will not be disappointed.

Visited May 2012
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

What a truly lovely place to visit, although it was October and therefore not the best time for flowers and veg it was still a delight to walk around the various areas. I think the £10 entrance fee is extremely good value for money. I chatted to a couple of the gardeners and they were cheerful and friendly and very imformative.

Didn't try the restaurant as it was packed and unfortunately the farm shop was closed for stock-taking the day I went. However I will certainly go back at another time of year to see it all again.

Visited October 2012
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

We enjoy the peace and quiet as well as the plants, trees and wildlife. There is also the bonus of soup in the cafe plus Victoria Sponge cake to take away.

Visited October 2012
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Swaffham, United Kingdom
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“Give yourself time for this wonderful place - we should be glad they found them again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Ranging from formal, walled vegetable gardens to wild valleys and exotic (for Britain) flora, Heligan is a real treasure. If available, take a guided tour - we went with Bob who was a mine of information about the plants, the history and the personalities associated with this wonderful site. Give yourself a day - it'll take you that sort of time to explore the 'Jungle' with its deep pools, the Lost Valley with its charcoal burners and deep woodland trails and the more formal gardens with glasshouses and ( a must-see) pineapple houses. The garden centre and gift and book shop are comprehensively stocked without having any of the rather glitzy, naff goods that some centres insist on stocking. The cafe/restaurant is worth visiting whether or not you are 'doing' the gardens as well. There is also a very well appointed farm shop immediately adjacent to the gardens reception area.

Visited September 2012
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