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Helmsley Walled Garden

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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 771427
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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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Little piece of heaven

This lovely sheltered haven is a must for anyone who needs to be at one with the true meaning of life ,lovingly restored by lovely people .I felt the presence of nature spirits in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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English first
middle england
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What should have been an interesting time of year in the garden proved very disappointing. Not much to see and expensive for what there was.

Thank opticook
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely sheltered haven is a must for anyone who needs to be at one with the true meaning of life ,lovingly restored by lovely people .I felt the presence of nature spirits in abundance ,so sit ,meditate or just wander around this little oasis.

Thank IanBisset
North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Helmsley Walled Garden is in a stunning location, with the back of Helmsley Castle and the fields of Duncombe House. The gardens are well maintained, they give lots of information and it is a haven for wildlife. A great day out for all the family.

Thank 06sarah69
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73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a garden for gardeners. Others will find it quite interesting, but gardeners will be fascinated whatever the time of year. Add to that a wonderful cafe with a small but very tasty menu!

Thank Trevor M
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Followed on from a visit to Helmsley Castle. In mid October is past its best for the year and it does close at the end of October. The great thing is that the entrance fee allows free entry again within the next year, so we may be back to see it at its best.

Thank Kenneth S
Franklin, Tennessee
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269 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a magnificent garden that was still beautiful and so well designed - even being so late in the growing season with most of everything going over already, the late Sep colors were extraordinary.

Thank jimmclendon
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I have lived not far away for nearly a decade and hadn’t been here. I’ve been missing out it’s lovely! The garden looked beautiful and full of colour, even in early October. The garden is laid out with lots of different spaces – a physic garden, a corner with chickens (fluffy ones, ones with flares … I don’t know their... More 

Thank Hannah_S-Y
Beverley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It was perfect last week when we visited Helmsley walled garden, a sunny fresh day What a pleasure it was to just wander around the place and talk to the many volunteers who were going about their work.Obviously there were many attractive flower beds and everything looked so natural and colourful still. But, the biggest surprise was the fruit and... More 

Thank Rose9865y
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

A chance comment over a coffee led us to this gem of a garden. Although we have stayed in Helmsley many times, we never came across the gardens!! The visit in late September was excellent. Although the huge herbaceous borders were past their best they were still magnificent, would have loved to have seen them 4 weeks earlier. The fruit... More 

Thank Sheila C
York, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

A pleasant walk around a walled garden with a wide variety of flowers, tees, shrubs and veg. At £6 well worth the visit

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