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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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Came across an advertisement for this place in visitors information at our hotel so hunted it out. Entry is £6 and you're invited to 'gift aid' which is an excellent idea. Loved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Came across an advertisement for this place in visitors information at our hotel so hunted it out. Entry is £6 and you're invited to 'gift aid' which is an excellent idea. Loved the blackboard of information next to the ticket house which explained what the staff were looking out for in the gardens; meant we did the same on our... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting place to visit. We assumed that it has been going for many years but it only opened about 20 years ago after some very hard restoration work. Great range of plants and fruit, especially apples.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Been to Helmsley many times but didn't know about this garden until I read about it on Trip Advisor ! A little neglected in places but absolutely brimming with attractive plants of all kinds. Even on a day when there were many tourists in the town, it was a peaceful oasis. well worth the £6.00 entry fee, which also allows... More 

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Nr. York, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Helmsley Walled Garden is tucked away but it's worth making the effort to find it. A lovely peaceful place with easy walking around the gardens, and a lovely café/gift shop too. There are plenty of bargains to be had from their own plant sales too. Don't miss the little row of craft shops by the entrance - there are... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

First visit on a sunny summers day - beautiful walled gardens packed full with lots of colourful flowers. There's a nice café (it's a tad on the expensive side though) If you are a UK tax payer fill in the form and your ticket will be valid for 12 months.

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you want to escape to a place where there is no noise, just tranquility, peace and beauty, then this is the place to go. There are numerous benches in lovely settings where you get a different view each time, some hidden in "secret gardens", one in a "hide" where you can count chickens and watch the bees coming and... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a lovely few hours in this beautiful and lovingly maintained garden. We have visited the garden several times in the past few years and felt that it has never looked better. The long borders were truly stunning and the hard work of the team of dedicated volunteers is clearly evident. We enjoyed lunch sitting in the sunshine outside... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A delightful garden: layout isn't too formal and is a nice mixture of plants, flowers,vegetables and fruit trees. The location is just outside Helmsley village at the foot of the Norman castle. Pleasant cafe is also available.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

WE adored this garden.. the combination of beautiful borders, fruit tress and a fantastic vegetable plot .. combined with a fine cafe and charm and smiles all round as the highlight of our trip to Yorkshire .. we will return ..

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Visited here many times and have watched it develop over the years. So nice to sit and stare and take in the beauty and peacefulness of this garden oasis. The staff are always charming and helpful. They take great pride in their jobs and this shows time and time again as a little bit more is created. It is a... More 

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