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Helmsley Walled Garden

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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 771427
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Description: Built in 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden is a five acre garden sitting...
Built in 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden is a five acre garden sitting beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle. It provided the vegetables, fruit and flowers for the table of Duncombe Park until just after World War 1 when it was leased as market garden. Abandoned after it closed its doors for the final time in 1984, it fell into dereliction. Restoration started in 1994 and since then the Garden has gone from strength to strength through the dedication and care of staff and volunteers. Visitors can now enjoy restored glasshouses full of colour, a double herbaceous Hot Border running the length of the Garden or sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the Garden of Contemplation. A Clematis Garden showcases over 100 different clematis varieties and in the vegetable patch, a new attraction is the edible flower garden, showing some of the flowers that can bring new colour and style to salads and other dishes. Vegetables and fruit from the Garden go into the delicious dishes prepared in the Vinehouse Cafe. Visitors sit beneath Victorian vine cultivars to enjoy soups, salads and open sandwiches as well as delicious cakes and desserts. The Plant Centre sells a wide selection of herbaceous perennials, some of which visitors will find on display in the Garden. Staff can help visitors with any questions about what might go well in their gardens. The Garden shop also sells a range of useful garden sundries such as gloves, string and seeds as well as gifts such as jams, chutneys and biscuits. Other items available include a range of heritage tools and garden artefacts. The Garden also works as a social enterprise, providing social and therapeutic horticulture to people with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities. Specialist therapists provide a structured environment for supported volunteers to gain skills and self-confidence whilst undertaking horticultural tasks in a safe environment. There is full wheelchair access to the Garden as well as the Cafe. Toilets and disabled toilets available Dogs are welcome on leads
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A superb garden in a superb town

Helmsley is an excellent small market town with many places of interest. The walled garden sits under the shadow of the castle and was at one time the market garden for Duncombe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Helmsley is an excellent small market town with many places of interest. The walled garden sits under the shadow of the castle and was at one time the market garden for Duncombe Park. After years of total neglect it has been renovated to a very high standard. The variety of plantings is huge. Every such garden should present new perspectives... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I was lucky enough to be invited to an evening tour of this 5 acre gem. As gardens in 2015 generally are a month behind, a visit on a sunny July "catch-up" evening was marvelleous. Standing outside the long greenhouse, we were engulfed in a blend of beautiful scents. Strolling along the paths, there is so much to see -... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I had an afternoon visit to this garden and even though mine was a short stop I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We last visited the walled garden about 10-15 years ago when it was still 'work in progress'. The results are stunning. Borders and beds of a huge variety of plants and fruit trees, a small ornamental garden, wild flower meadows, a bird hide - it's all there. Walk round it in 30 minutes or spend a couple of hours soaking... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

this is another 'must' in the UK... even if you don't think of gardens much. I spent near two hours viewing; but thinking it deserves a whole day, with intermissions in their café. It is an old idea made new again, with volunteers showing the way again. It is also practical, with fruit and vegetables -- along with the most... More 

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Sheffield UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A fabulous garden which flows beautifully - the colours are sublime in early July, the vine cafe is a great place to sit in the sunshine & enjoy the views - not to be missed

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Skipton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Well worth a visit. Not only are the gardens nicely displayed, their is a café and toilets. Worth going back to and seeing different seasons which we have done. Their is also a really good view of the castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The walled gardens in my mind is peaceful. You can enjoy the lovely plants and colorful borders... Spectacular garden and plant sale and shop, and the cafe.

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A beautiful tranquil oasis to pass a couple of hours in. There's plenty of places to sit, including a cafe/restaurant with lots of outdoor seating-- which was essential on the boiling hot day we visited. The garden has the added advantage of some great views of the castle. It is a credit to the local community and could easily be... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Helmsley has long been a favourite place to take my visitors but this was my first visit to the gardens. We just loved them. Some of the planting had unusual combinations which I found inspirational and when I asked someone working there about a plant I didn't recognise she told me all about it and gave me some seeds! The... More 

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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 771427
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Helmsley
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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