Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Garden of Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England.

At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this “Sleeping Beauty”. After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history.

Instead, events conspired to bring us here and the romance of their decay took a hold on our imaginations. Our discovery of a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens, was to unlock the secret of their demise. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. We were fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.

We have now established a large working team with its own vision for our second decade. The award-winning garden restoration is already internationally acclaimed; but our lease now extends into well over 200 acres of the Wider Estate, leaving the project far from complete. We intend Heligan to remain a living and working example of the best of past practice, offering public access into the heart of what we do.

Our contemporary focus is to work with nature, accepting and respecting it and protecting and enhancing the variety of habitats with which our project is endowed.

Pentewan, Saint Austell, Cornwall PL26 6EN

Phone: 01726 845100

Autumn/Winter (1st October to 31st March)

The Heligan Tearoom is open daily from 9:30am – 4.30pm
The Gardens & Estate open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm (last tickets 3:30pm)
The Heligan Shop and Plant Centre open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm (except Sundays: 11:00am – 5:00pm)

Spring/Early Summer (1st April to 10th July)

The Heligan Tearoom is open daily from 9:30am – 5.30pm.
The Gardens & Estate open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm (last tickets 4:30pm)
The Heligan Shop and Plant Centre open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm (except Sundays 12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Theatre Season (11th July to 28th August)

Throughout this season the gardens will stay open until 7.30pm** and internationally acclaimed Cornish Theatre Company Kneehigh will return to the gardens with a summer of theatre.
The Heligan Tearoom is open daily from 9:30am – 7.30pm (except Sundays & Mondays)
The Gardens & Estate open daily 10:00am to 7.30pm (last tickets 6:00pm, except Sundays & Mondays: 9:30am – 6:00pm)
The Heligan Shop and Plant Centre open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm (except Sundays: 12:00 – 6:00pm and Mondays: 10.00am – 6.00pm)
**Please note that on Sundays and Mondays the gardens and facilities will close at 6pm as normal.

Late Summer (29th August to 30th September)

The Heligan Tearoom is open daily from 9:30am – 5.30pm.
The Gardens & Estate open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm (last tickets 4:30pm)
The Heligan Shop and Plant Centre open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm (except Sundays: 12:00pm – 6:00pm)