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Considered as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, this property has been abandoned for 70 years and it was only rediscovered and restored to its former glory in 1990. The Heligan Gardens was created as an experimental playground for subtropical plants 150 years ago. Now, you could feast your eyes on the largest collections of tree ferns, palms, thickets of bamboo and exotic trees and shrubs in Europe.
The Heligan Gardens provide guests with an air of total relaxation amidst the wonder of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the computers that seemed to rule the lives of people, the endless traffic jams and blaring noise of horns. Exchange the scene for spectacular lakes, ponds and wonderful landscape.
The inspiration to restore Heligan Gardens after it has become a sleeping beauty for so many years was triggered by a motto etched into the limestone wall which reads, "Don’t come here to sleep or slumber". Take a break from the normal routine of your work and lose yourself in the range of wild flora and fauna within the Heligan Gardens. When in Heligan Gardens, you should visit Horsemoor Hide, the pioneering Wildlife Interpretation Centre, where you will be drawn into the drama of real life through live images of Heligan wildlife displays.
Heligan Gardens is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Admission is £8.50 and £7.50 for adults and senior citizens respectively, and £5.00 for children aged 5-15 years old. Kids below five years old are free. Discounts are available for families and groups. For bookings or reservations, you may contact telephone number (01726) 845100, or fax 01726 845101 or visit www.heligan.com.