The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been annnounced the UK’s ‘Best Leisure Attraction’ at the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards, beating Legoland, Longleat and Titanic.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a 200 acre historic estate; situated on the South coast of Cornwall and will celebrate their 25th year since opening in 2017. The Gardens hold the accolade for housing the Finest Productive Gardens in Britain and are currently , Europe’s Largest Garden Restoration.
“We are honoured to be presented with this prestigious award and to be recognised for all our hard work by our loyal visitors” commented George Elworthy – Managing Director at The Lost Gardens of Heligan “It is an incredible achievement not only for us but for Cornish tourism as a whole.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Competition was fierce this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business.”
Recently the Lost Garden’s made the surprising move of purchasing the Historic ‘Shipwreck & Heritage museum’ at Charlestowm, location for much of the recent Poldark series as well as a recent episode of Dr Who. Tim Smit, who discovered Heligan back in 1990, commented at the time “I have been an archaeologist and, a wreck diver ever since I was 18 years old and have dived all over the world” The Charlestown Heritage collection is like a walk through my romantic imagination, I love it. The Museum was my first destination when I came to Cornwall. We had to ensure its future and, to be honest, indulge a boy hood passion in a way that we could share with everybody.”