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Brief description of site

Heligan has the grounds of a country house, altered in the late-18th and early-19th centuries from a formal design to a landscape style. The gardens include Victorian productive gardens and surrounding Pleasure Grounds, and a sub-tropical jungle valley.

Brief history of site

Heligan was the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years from the late-16th century. A large walled garden was constructed in the late-17th century and expanded in 1735. Plantings were made during the late-18th century and early-19th centuries by Henry Hawkins Tremayne. From the 1850s to the early-20th century the gardens were planted up with an extensive collection of ornamentals, many from original seed introductions. The estate, neglected after World War 1, has been undergoing a major programme of restoration since the 1990s, overseen by Tim Smit and John Nelson.

Location information:

Address: Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN

Locality: St. Austell

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; St. Ewe

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 204 Grid Ref: SW998465
Latitude: 50.2844 Longitude: -4.81156


Visitors are encouraged to travel via St. Austell, taking the B3273 towards Megavissey.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily throughout the year from 10 until 5 (6 pm in summer). Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: After 1692

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Reconstructed

Site Size (Hectares): 70

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