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Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
+44 1439 771427
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Helmsley
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We enjoyed a short visit to the walled gardens late in the season with a special low admission price. It was intersting to learn the history of the garden and the hard work of all the volunteers.

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59 reviews 59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

My friend recommended a visit to this beautiful garden and we were not disappointed. Although late in the season the garden was full of colour and so peaceful. The castle ruins above the garden add to the atmosphere. All credit to the volunteers who have restored the garden to its former glory. The tea room is well worth a visit... More

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Lymm, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Stunning tranquil gardens with spectacular view of Helmsley castle and countryside. A lovely place to wander or sit for a while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It's amazing what has been achieved here in just 20 years. These are productive and beautiful gardens, the planting is thoughtful and the staff and volunteers do a fantastic job. It's good they pick the produce and sell it, even the windfall! Great visit.

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

we visited the walled castle after visiting the Castle and happened to be a little fair going on the same day so an added bonus,nice place to stop for a cup of tea before visiting the shops

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Darlington, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Great walled garden set in the hamlet of Helmsley, Many times I have stopped in the carpark and never noticed the Castle let alone the Garden, only downside was the cafe! very expensive £5.99 for a cheese toastie n a bit of salad?

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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160 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited this Walled Garden primarily to see the fruit trees. We were both thrilled and amazed by the vast number of apple varieties, most of which we had never heard of. The fruit trees and bushes all looked healthy and obviously had been well looked after. There was also a large selection of produce being grown and a great... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This garden is great. Entrance fee needed but is a charity to support people with special needs. You wander around visiting all parts of the garden showing what to plant and where with a large variety of plants on display all through the seasons.

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West Yorkshire, UK
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21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Even though many gardens had already "gone over" at this time of year, the flowers were just glorious in this lovely garden. We chatted to some of the gardeners, and we will definitely visit this lovely garden at least once every year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We have been to the walled garden several times over the years and each time it is that little bit better. As it's next to the castle the setting is lovely and the garden itself has many good features. Do not expect a formal "perfect" garden as much of the work is done by volunteers, but do expect a pleasurable... More

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