Lost Gardens of Heligan as a Daytrip from Devon

Published: Wednesday 2nd Jul 2014

Lost Gardens of Heligan as a Daytrip from Devon

Written by Discovery Holiday Homes Team on Wednesday 2nd Jul 2014

Beautiful Devon is full of nature, countryside and gardens to explore, but if you fancy a daytrip out of the county and deep into the heart of the Cornwall, then why not visit the fantastic Lost Gardens of Heligan, situated in Pentewan.

Easily reachable from the heart of Devon by an approximate 75 minute car journey, or by train and bus from a number of popular tourist destinations, the stunning attraction boasts four beautiful gardens. For a peaceful and enjoyable day out, the Gardens make an excellent choice and prides itself on its ease of access around the park for all.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan ~ then & now!

The Heligan manor was first built in the 1200′s as home to the Tremayne family. The estate was developed from 1766, when the walls of the flower garden were built, to 1907, when the Italian garden was put in place. However, throughout the early 20th century bramble and ivy covered the thousand acres and after decades of neglect the gardens were almost completely concealed.

Tim Smit and John Willis (who had recently inherited the estate) later uncovered the gardens in 1990, and were inspired by a motto carved into a limestone wall, which still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the workers names signed underneath and the date – August 1914.

By 1991, planning permission was granted allowing the gardens to be opened to the public. Since then, work on the grounds has continued through an established team at Heligan and the garden has received numerous awards for its restoration.

Making Your Way

If you fancy a great day out, particularly if you have a love of gardens, then whether you visit by car or public transport, there are a number of well signposted routes to get there. The gardens are located outside of St Austell at Pentewan with little chance of getting lost en-route. Bus services run regularly from the local train station (St Austell), and the clear car directions on the heligan.com website mean there’s no excuse not to visit this gem of an attraction.

Getting Around

Disabled access isn’t an issue either! The Lost Gardens of Heligan are proud to offer entry for all, no matter what level of mobility, ensuring all visitors can gain the most from their visit.

Downloadable from heligan.com is a comprehensive access guide and map, that makes it easy to see just how inclusive the facilities at the Lost Gardens of Heligan are. Access for wheelchair users is available over the majority of the park, and there are even guided tours for the visually impaired. In case there are parts of the gardens you’re unable to access, the ‘Conservatory’ offers a great alternative experience of parts of the park that might otherwise be inaccessible.

With plenty of trails and paths, it’s easy to walk around and explore the Gardens of Heligan, but if you need a rest, or even just fancy stopping to take in the beauty of this historical site, then there’s plenty of seating around too, so there’s no need to worry about getting tired or where to take a break.

Even if you’re a horticultural greenhorn or a plant professional, the Gardens have something to offer you! Guided tours are available, which means you can really get the best from your visit, or why not take a group and arrange for a fascinating and insightful specialist talk?

A Day Trip from Devon to Really Remember

Easy to get to, plenty to do and lots to explore… there really is no excuse not to head down to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and explore the beauty of the natural world. With nearby St Austell to explore as well, the day will fly by and there’s no end to what you can get up to when you visit this beautiful attraction. Many of our Devon holiday home guests have visited these famous gardens and all have enjoyed the experience, so why not join them!

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