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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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Yarm
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We called at this garden for a coffee after visiting the castle The tables outside had not been cleared from previous customers and wasps were having a field day eating the jam from scones etc. The service was very slow and when our coffee and scone arrived we had to ask the waiter to clear the table (which he did)... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is a beautiful garden with lots of interest since it has both fruit and vegetables as well as the usual flowers, shrubs and trees. There is also a fantastic cafe that does excellent vegetarian food, most of it grown in the garden. It is large and a couple of hours passes very quickly in this lovely place.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was our fifth visit to Helmsley Walled Garden and each time it never fails to delight. The huge variety of apple and pear trees were loaded with fruit and the veg plots full of late summer produce. The herbaceous borders were brimming with colour and there are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the different areas. We enjoyed... More

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very peaceful, beautiful gardens, stunning setting with Helmsley Castle in sight. Cute cafe in the greenhouse.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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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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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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