There is a beautiful story behind these gardens, which, having been one of the finest in the country prior to WWI was left to slowly return to nature after it’s workers were sent to war. Rediscovered in 1990, the garden has been beautifully resurrected. There is the formal Italian garden, the walled gardens filled with flowers and produce now used in the tearoom and there are sweeping lawns bordered by rhododendrons. A little exploring reveals the tumbling lush vegetation of the jungle area and the beautiful plant sculptures of sleeping giants in the woodland. Dogs are very welcome here, (although not in the tearoom). In fact, Heligan have made a video for dog owners who are thinking of visiting.