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Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
+44 1439 771427
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Helmsley
Type: Gardens
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... more » 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 « less
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Loughborough
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Large walled garden with wonderfully restored traditional greenhouses. The best philadelphus eps and pinks I have seen for years and vegetable garden very beautifully organised. Good display of variety of roses

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

As an English transplant to the Philadelphia USA I miss the colours of the English Gardens. The walled garden was a perfect in warm sunshine, Yorkshire at its best. It is a very sensible idea to rent some of the plots out to help with the care and attention a garden of this size requires. I enjoyed seeing the flowers... More

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I last visited the Walled Garden about five years ago and it was quite good but in a relatively early stage in its development. I was at a loose end today and decided to revisit the garden and what a transformation. The sun was shining, the flowers were in bloom and with Helmesley Castle as a backdrop this has a... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The garden was packed with colour and lush growth and the roses particularly were delightful. This is not our first visit and it is pleasing to see more of the garden cultivated each year. There are lots of quiet corners, inviting seats and benches to relax and enjoy the view with the castle backdrop. The restaurant serves delicious food. Everything... More

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Hull. England
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This walled garden with the castle as a backdrop is in beautiful surroundings. The staff and volunteers were working hard in the garden when I visited as part of a group on a gardening course. The staff were most helpful and knowledgeable. New metal arches have been added since my last visit and have numerous clematis growing up them. They... More

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Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

First visited about 15 years ago and were intersted to see the changes. This is one of the most peaceful gardens we have ever visited and we love the way it has developed. The laburnum arch was spectacular when we visited but this is a garden for all seasons

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

When we visited during late June '13 the gardens were beautiful. We chatted with very friendly staff and volunteers...all helpful and very knowledgeable regarding the various plants. We didn't visit the cafe but we did purchase some delicious crab-apple jelly (made using fruit from their orchard) and several very nice healthy plants from the plant sales area. A very worthwhile... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Visited on a hot and sunny afternoon (yes we do have them!) I do not like gardening but I do like gardens and this was one of the most tranquil and relaxing spots in a beautiful part of the world. A fitting memorial to the lady who had the vision to bring this back to its former glory - her... More

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Brighton
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is more than a little gem - it is a large one! Great garden, beautifully cared for with lots of interest.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We visited the garden leisurely on our last day in Yorkshire and were charmed by the plants on visual offer here. I would return to get more ideas, like the apple trees trained onto low rising fencing, making them seem like hedging! The Castle towers over the garden and this adds to its charm. A row of artisan shops line... More

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