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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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Tranquility and peace

I absolutely love this walled garden. i am not an avid gardener and cannot name many things, but this place is heaven. At the right time of year hours can be spent being at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Addingham, United Kingdom
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Addingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I absolutely love this walled garden. i am not an avid gardener and cannot name many things, but this place is heaven. At the right time of year hours can be spent being at peace. The cafe is gorgeous and the food wholesome.

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yorkshire dales
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

this is a review of the café - I have read a review complaining about the prices, but it is a tourist attraction and often there is a premium price to pay - thats life and its how overheads are covered - however I think some more thought going in to the menu is a must... to be only offered... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Lovely walled gardens overlooked by the castle. Really quiet, well layed out gardens. Good mix of borders and kitchen gardens. Didnt use the cafe but there are picnic benches outside. Lots of wildlfe. Got plenty of ideas for our garden! Friendly knowledgable staff. Parking is in public car park then short walk through trees to get to the entrance.

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Cumbria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Although I visited in early Spring there was still plenty to see at the walled garden. Built in 1759, its five acres sit beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsely Castle. It has been restored from a derelict state and has glasshouses, a hot border and a 120 double herbaceous border running the length of one side of the garden. There... More 

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ACTempleton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

I came to visit a friend in York and she arranged a surprise visit to hemsley which I cannot thank her enough for. stunning surroundings and the most wonderfully delicious food from the new young chef, he is clearly pasionate about what he cooks. The exciting flavours are wonderful and ground breaking and so obviously from a person who is... More 

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Saintes, France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Run by volunteers , lovely cafe and plant shop. Probably best to visit later in the year as the plants were just beginning to sprout

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North Yorkshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

its hard to comment as we visited in april, so not at full growth but we enjoyed our wander and spent an hour in there, would return

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

This is a review of the cafe which we felt was ridiculously overpriced. It was £4.20 for a large pot of tea between two of us. It was only builders' tea - which costs pence in reality! The slices of cake were £4 each - I imagine the cake only cost £4 to make! They cut it into twelve slices... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Unfortunately the gardens are not open in March, but it's a lovely walk through the picnic area and the little craft shops and workshops looked really interesting but again not open

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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Dear Lorraine Thanks for taking the time to post about us. I am sorry you were disappointed to find us closed. We are currently preparing the garden for opening. We open on 1st April and are open every day 10am till 5pm until October 31st. We do hope to see you again when we open. Best wishes Tricia Harris More 

York, UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We were lucky to have a glorious day to hold a meeting, sat on the grass, playing with the resident cat! This was followed by a leisurely stroll around the gardens and garden centre, before returning to work. It was so peaceful.

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