The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Cornwall

I love it when local places in Cornwall make a real effort to be welcoming to locals. With so much down here being seasonal, it’s refreshing when somewhere like the Lost Gardens of Heligan is open all year and decides to have a special pass for locals.

I took the boys there yesterday for lunch and a walk around the gorgeous gardens. They really enjoy it there, especially the woods where they can climb, jump off things and enjoy walking through arches made of branches. Obviously sticks make great Harry Potter wands or swords as well.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan


You can also keep an eye out for the Mud Maid, but be careful not to wake her ;) There are also other woodland characters to try to spy as you stroll through the woods.

Yesterday the cafe area was busy and very queued up, but the staff were brilliant and worked quickly to clear the queues so we didn’t actually have to wait long. Since it was such a beautiful sunny day we decided to buy pasties and drinks before we entered the actual gardens, and eat outside. The pasties were delicious, just like everything else we have tasted at Heligan before.

We had to queue a while to get in to the gardens, but this is understandable as during the month of March Heligan are letting locals arrange a free years pass when they pay for entry to the garden. Well worth queuing for, and our pass will get a lot of use this year as we really do love Heligan. We’ll be heading back for the Easter activities!


Heligan Local's Pass


Before I originally visited Heligan for the first time, I’ll be honest I thought it’s just a garden so bound to be boring. I only visited for the first time last year, when I was writing for a holiday company, but I love the place now. So many stunningly beautiful views to see, cute baby animals at this time of year and room for the boys to roam and have fun.

Over Easter there should be newly hatched or hatching chicks, they often have piglets and there were really cute fluffy lambs when we went there.


Lamb at Heligan


With the local’s pass I’ll be going back on my own sometimes for a walk as well, just to enjoy the peace and quiet whilst the boys are at school. I have plans to read a book by the fountain below, wander through the woods and get some exercise whilst soaking in the views, the fresh air and the magic of Heligan.

By the way if you are local and wanting a pass, be quick as you need to get yours before the end of March!

I really do recommend the Lost Gardens of Heligan for a day out, as well as the woods and the animals there are beautiful walled gardens, a jungle area that is seriously stunning and so tropical looking. A rope bridge to make your way across, beautiful old trees and more. There are loads of places to have a picnic, and for all you dog loves out there, your furry friends are welcome all year round on their leads.



Lost Gardens of Heligan


For more information on opening times and prices etc pop to the Lost Gardens of Heligan website. By the way this isn’t an advert, we paid for our own entry and just love the place ;)

Have you ever been to Heligan? If so what was your favourite part?


If you’re looking for more places to go in Cornwall, I have a post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall, one with things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining and another with places to go in Cornwall all year.


Stevie x

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  1. 14 March 2016 / 10:49 am

    When we have been to Cornwall, I must admit, we thought “it’s just a garden” too – but looking at your photos, I know my boy would love it. Espec the sticks as wands bit! he is obsessed with sticks at the mo :)

  2. 14 March 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I’ve been wanting to visit Heligan for years now – it’s at the top of my Cornwall trip list for this spring! I love the mud head – I bet he looks spectacular in the summer!

    • 14 March 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Heligan is just stunning, I’ve purposefully not shown everything or some particular views as I think they have more of a wow factor in person for the first time :)

      Stevie x

  3. 14 March 2016 / 6:57 pm

    This place looks fabulous! We’ll definitely visit next time we’re in the area, it’s just the sort of thing my girls would love.x

    • 14 March 2016 / 7:18 pm

      You definitely should, I bet they’d love the woods and the animals :)

      Stevie x

  4. 17 March 2016 / 12:15 am

    I love your lamb photo! We had a great day at Heligan over the weekend, the lambs were a little camera shy though! Did you do the rope bridge?

  5. 18 March 2016 / 7:16 am

    How fab that they give an offer to locals, a great idea. I love it when a place exceeds your expectations and you end up loving it, what a great find this is. I always get jealous when I read your posts about the lovely places you have to visit on your doorstep. x

  6. 18 March 2016 / 12:22 pm

    This looks lovely. I am off to Cornwall next week for a few days staying with my in laws who live down there, so will put this on the list of places to see, if we get chance #picknmix

    • 18 March 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Have a brilliant time down here :) Hope the weather stays as lovely as it has been for you!

      Stevie x

  7. 18 March 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Wow – what a cool place! You’re lucky to have so many amazing outdoor attractions on your doorstep. #PicknMix

  8. 18 March 2016 / 4:26 pm

    We love Cornwall but actually have never been here. Those natural statues look fab! No wonder your kids like it :)

  9. 18 March 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Beautiful! I’m going to have to add this to the list of places to take my kids when we visit the UK next! And lovely photos too! #PicknMix

  10. 19 March 2016 / 8:26 am

    I’d just love to visit,every time I see you post photos of it I long to go.That lamb is so cute!My Mum’s house backs onto a field of sheep and the little ones always make me smile x #picknmix

  11. Lee-Ann
    19 March 2016 / 11:24 am

    It has been years since I last visited these amazing gardens…. I had a great time and I’m looking forward to returning!! Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures, looks as though you had a fabulous time, I have added it to my list to visit in the summer months!! #picknmix

  12. 19 March 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I must admit its somewhere i have never been in Cornwall yet! but its on my to go to list! looks beautiful! xx

  13. 20 March 2016 / 12:37 am

    It looks lovely there! & I love the woodland characters – magical! #picknmix

  14. Love Family Holidays
    21 March 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Oh wow! This looks like a fantastic break from the norm! Perfect for parents who like to visit gardens, and kids who normally find that kind of thing boring! Heligan will definitely be making an appearance on our website very soon! :)

  15. 23 March 2016 / 12:20 pm

    These gardens are just the kind of place we love to visit as a family! Your pictures are amazing, you really are very good at photography :-) Definitely need to look at a holiday in Cornwall next year!! Kathy xx #PicknMix

  16. sarah admissions of a working mother
    23 March 2016 / 12:59 pm

    What a magical place, I’ve never heard of it – great photos! #picknmix

  17. 23 March 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Wow this post brings back memories as we went there when I was a child more than once when staying in Cornwall. It’s such a beautiful place and great that they do a local pass. xx

  18. 16 May 2016 / 9:06 pm

    I’ve never been to Heligan – I’m impressed they have a special pass for locals. That Mud Maid looks like a woman not to be messed with!

    • 16 May 2016 / 9:09 pm

      It really is a beautiful place, and perfect for children to run around climb and explore :)

      Stevie x

  19. 9 June 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Beautiful! Planning a trip there next week actually :)

  20. 2 April 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Stevie! We’re going to North Cornwall in two weeks’ time! We’re only going for two nights, but I’m thinking of doing Heligan and Eden project in one day. Do you think that is doable?

    • 2 April 2018 / 10:40 pm

      I would say you’re likely to want a day for each really if possible, if you’re going to be doing the school holiday events at either rather than just walking around. Heligan will be quicker than Eden, Eden is always the busier of the two and can take a while if you’re doing their different events as you do end up waiting to get to stuff. They both open until 6pm though, so if you don’t mind a bit of a long day it is definitely possible. Crossed fingers for the weather for you!x