Lose yourself in Heligan
Lost gardens will transport you to a tranquil place
THE LOST Gardens of Heligan were ‘refound’ back in the 1990s, and were made famous by a Channel 4 documentary in 1996.
The gardens were created by the Tremayne family, with work commencing in the mid-eighteenth century, and the correct pronunciation is H’lig’n, and comes from the Cornish word for willow tree. Following the First World War, the gardens were neglected and left to wrack and ruin. Thankfully, some 25 years ago, the gardens were rediscovered and, over the intervening years, have been lovingly returned to their stunning best.
The gardens, which stretch over 200 acres, are famed for their vast rhododendron and camelia plants, a series of picturesque lakes and many sub-tropical plants in an area known as The Jungle, which has majestic fern trees and bamboo tunnels to explore. Elegant Heligan House is surrounded by the Lost Gardens and is situated six miles south of St Austell. There’s enough to keep the casual garden fan busy for hours, while the horticultural obsessive could easily fill a day.
For a change of pace, head to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. This excellent museum has a fascinating Titanic show on until January 2020, a fun Treasure Island Play Zone for kids and a Pirate School throughout summer 2019.
Nautical fans will enjoy a heritage boat tour aboard a fully restored 1930s motor cruiser called Jonik. You’ll get a different view of Falmouth Harbour and an insightful commentary from the expert guide.
Make your stay better
May 2020 Heligan - Wild Week
Off the B3273, Pentewan, St Austell PL26 6EN
T: 01726 845100
This event is very much ‘of the moment’ and is perfect for adults and children. Your day begins in the Wild Tribe Yurt where you choose a tribe before setting off on a series of adventures including a giant outdoor assault course. Learn to make a campfire and toast marshmallows. Brilliant!
From May 2020 - Historical Garden Tours
Heligan Tour Guide, David Hogg, leads you on an in-depth tour of this fascinating and historical garden. The atmosphere is relaxed and the £6.50 fee includes a hot drink.
June 2020 Natural Wellbeing Week
Designed to relax, uplift and restore, the week includes workshops, activities, walks and talks. Some sessions are paid for, but there are ‘dip-you-toe-in’ free sessions, too.
Places of Interest
Grampound Road, Truro TR2 4DD
T: 01726 883647
Roseland Heritage Coast
10 miles southwest of Truro, near Treworlas
National Trust car park at TR2 5PQ
NT Trelissick Garden
Feock TR3 6QL
St Newlyn East, Newquay TR8 5LX
T: 01872 862090
Mevagissey Model Railway
Meadow Street, Mevagissey PL26 6UL
T: 01726 842457
Also see attractions for St Austell, Pentewan and Mevagissey, which are all close by.