Secret Gardens Rediscovered
For many years, Heligan was one of Cornwall’s finest estates. When it declined during the World Wars, its expansive gardens were lost, overgrown with ivy and weeds. In the early 1990’s a team of dedicated plant lovers restored this beautiful location to its former floral glory.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan feature several examples of the traditional Victorian garden, as well as plant life from all over the world, from Italy to New Zealand. There’s even a banana plantation! Visitors can stroll through the grounds, wandering the sculpture-lined Woodland Walk and crossing one of the UK’s longest Burmese rope bridges.
The estate encourages dogs to visit with their owners, as long as those owners keep the dogs on leashes. Man’s best friend may enjoy meeting fellow animals at the working farm. And when hunger strikes, guests can have lunch at the Heligan Tearoom, which serves seasonal produce grown at Heligan.