The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall.

In Cornwall we have some beautiful sites to visit, some free like the wonderful beaches and other attractions like The Lost Gardens of Heligan which cost. Luckily for locals we can buy a locals pass. You pay one payment per person and can visit the attraction as many times as you like for one year. We paid £14.50 per adult and £6.50 for a child, under 5’s are free.

Onsite there is a restaurant, cafe, ice cream hut and shop.

When you arrive you park up and walk in past the farm shop to the entrance. I highly recommend wellies for walking, I made the mistake of wearing flat slip on shoes which were covered in mud by the end. I saw a lot of locals taking their dogs for a walk.

Once in the first thing you come to is the ‘Giants adventure trail’. All wooden ramps, logs and stepping stones to walk across. My son had a brilliant time balancing walking across them. He was a little worried at first as they were wet and slippy but his confidence grew and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

We came across a Giants head peaking from the ground! We thought he was playing hide and seek with us.


And further down we saw the sleeping Mud Maid. We crept past tip toeing and shh’ing.


We continued walking until we got to the ‘Jungle’ where the scenery is absolutely beautiful. Very peaceful I could have sat looking at that view all day.


There’s a small uncovered space to leave pushchairs and the ‘Burma Rope Bridge’ you can cross. I didn’t leave my pushchair so I couldn’t cross the bridge but the others did and I met them the other side.

The walkways are raised board walks surrounded by exotic plants.


We came across a big wooden play area on ‘East Lawn’ with a slide and parts to climb. (I couldn’t get a photo as there were too many children in the background). There were picnic tables around for me to sit with the baby whilst my son had a run around and played.

After a while we all decided to head back. We still hadn’t gone around the whole place but thought we could come back with the baby in the carrier to explore properly.

We came across different animals such as pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens and ducks. My baby daughter loved the animals it’s the first time she’d seen any. Her eyes were darting around looking here, there and everywhere. She was giggling at the noises they made.

We had just missed watching the sheep shearing but had the pleasure of seeing the farmer and his sheep dog round up the sheep. We were in time to see them being fed.

We then went into the craft tent where my son used pre cut potato stamps and paint to decorate a tote bag for the small price of £1.


We then made our way into the play barn. There was a table with a play farm to play with but my son headed straight over to the ride on tractors.


We spent the remaining time in there. We all had a lovely day and can’t wait to go back again! Now we have our locals passes we shall go any chance we get. The only negative I have to say is not everywhere is pushchair/wheelchair friendly and can be steep in places for people who struggle to walk. When I return I will use the baby carrier as I think it would be a lot easier for us.


All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Author: seasidelivingwithaturtleandunicorn

Our interests are making, creating, cooking and baking. We love woodland walks and days on the beach. We have a keen interest for wildlife especially birds and sea life. I'll introduce us, my name is Mia, originally from Birmingham but moved to Cornwall in 2014. I'm in the healthcare profession, and also fully qualified in hair, beauty and nails. I'm a home bird, and love spending time with my family. I enjoy crafting, scrap booking, and creating memory box frames. I also love to cook and bake, trying out new recipes. I especially like Italian food or anything with garlic! Yum. My favourite colour is blue and I love dragonflies. I love Disney films especially Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. (Me and my partner compare ourselves to Beauty and the Beast and also Lady and the Tramp... haha we do love each other really!) ❤️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 My sons name is Kane, he loves the ninja turtles, swimming, bike rides, bowling, baking, kinder eggs and collecting blind bags. His dislikes are many foods such as crisps and vegetables (anything with a colour to it really, very fussy eater) He was born in Birmingham in March 2011. 💙🐢 My daughters name is Esmé, she is a tiny baby born in Cornwall in July 2017. Her interests so far are milk, and her light up neighing unicorn. Her dislikes are being woken up and baths. 💜🦄

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