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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 771427
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great site for a work meeting

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
York, UK
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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
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Best part about this place is the cafe, which is set in the old greenhouse. Sitting outside you have a great view of the garden. I have only paid once to walk around the garden, and was disappointed, as there's not much to see.

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York, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very nice walled garden a short walk from the centre of Helmsley and worth a visit, it is not large but you could spend a pleasant hour or so. Cafe in a glass conservatory is good too. Last time we went the ticket is valid all year which is good if you live nearby.

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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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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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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