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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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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous gardens comprising of a mixture of flower beds, borders, lawns and vegetable plots. The overall effect is beautiful. The coffee shop is lovely and I could happily while away several hours here. Not too expensive and the kids get in free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Is a very attractive place to see, situated close to the castle and the centre of Hemlsley.A £5 fee is required if you want to go inside the gardens.However you can use the restaurant or walk around the store at no charge.The garden is also close to a row of novelty shops (however some of these are seasonal) where you... More

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Great Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went today with a coach full of ladies from our local NAFAS flower club and golly what a time we had. we were split into two groups and were taken round the gardens by the manager and a lady volunteer. both were most interesting and very knowledgeable about everything to do with the garden, the history of it plus... More

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Have watched the gardens grow and change over the last however-many years, and it never ceases to interest. The cafe offers vegan food, and excellent value. This trip took a friend for his first time, and he'll be happy to visit again.

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North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Recently went twice to the gardens and still have not had time to walk around, we browsed the plant section and bought some real plants as well as some metal ones (you stick in the ground and the move gently in a breeze) then went to the restaurant and on one occasion tea and cake and another tea and a... More

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edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

loved the walled garden and the vegetarian cafe. spectacular with the castle overlooking the garden.

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Imagine being surrounded by a palette of warm colours beneath a blazing sun. This was our treat at the walled gardens. It was a delight to wander round, taking in these colours, smelling the variety of scents and hearing the bees. The attached restaurant provided us with a delightful lunch too. a wonderful day out.

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Loughborough
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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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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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