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“Beautiful place”

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Ranked #2 of 50 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We need to go back again to explore the bits we missed! Massive place, we needed more time in the day. Lovely place to explore in. Also lovely food in the cafe there.

Thank Maudekathryn
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was our second visit to Heligan and it didn't disappoint. There's something here for everyone - young and old. Formal gardens, jungle gardens, wildlife areas, and the most amazing fruit and vegetable allotment garden. The is also a very good cafe, which serves local produce, including Heligan-grown produce.

Thank Jane P
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

We didn't allow enough tiome for our visit here. The gardens and walks cover aroung 200 acres which would really take at least a day to it full justice. Everything that we did manage to see was very impressive but a special mention must be made of The Jungle which was skillfully planted and did make you feel as if you'd been tranported to somewhere exotic. The on site cafes and shop were a pleasure to visit, very much in keeping with the feel of the place. Will certainly revisit next time we are in Cornwall.

Thank Ianeil
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

The gardens really are vast and very varied, be prepared to spend many hours here and to walk for what seems like miles.
We started in the Woodland Walk and this went down well with the children, running in and out of the various paths and coming across sculptures such as the Mud Maid. The Hide was climbed up into to, nothing to see whilst we were there (later there will be a field of poppies), but children enjoy such huts. We were there at Half Term and there was a wild life display in the field. There was a rescued fox cub, a bird of prey, some doormice and other small animals. There was a opportunity for children to make things from natural materials and model in clay.
Moving on to the Jungle it is wise to be wearing sensible shoes. The boardwalk paths are usually covered in wire netting to give a better grip but they are quite steep. At the bottom you'll find the new rope bridge, with a limit on the number allowed on at once, fortunately there is also a one way system.
At the very far part of the grounds we found two very patient staff out in the "wild" with a fire and shelter made from an upturned boat and sheet, who were helping children to make boats from loppings. These were then launched in the pool.
You're then faced with a long climb back up, you need to be fit!
There are a couple of rope swings as you get nearer to the cafe in the garden. This can get very busy and is quite small, probably wise to make sure you have a table before you order, particularly if it's wet. The main cafe has much more room under cover..
The gardens at the top are varied and impressive and in sharp contrast with the rest of the grounds.

Thank A M
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

I'm another non-gardener and I was only expecting a modest sized garden. But it is called the lost "gardens" and it covers a very large site. There are formal gardens, greenhouses, vegetables, extensive woodland gardens and The Jungle which is a must for children of all ages. There is a café at the entrance and another in the middle, both with basic catering but on the day of my visit there was also a barbecue. It's also dog friendly. Top marks to Heligan.

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