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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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Sheffield
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Was really interesting even to none gardeners, very colourful and fragrant and loved the hens that were around

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Windermere
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Having visited Helmsley many times hadn't realised just how large this garden is. Very peaceful and only a short walk from the centre. Excellent choice of plants in the plant sale area and large outdoor or covered tea room. Will certainly try and visit at different times of year.

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York, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I have eaten at the cafe twice and could not fault the food or the service. A friendly group of ladies cooking delicious food. You can either sit inside the orangery or outside in the sunshine, weather permitting. As regards the garden it was nice, some parts quite magical, others overgrown. When it was a proper garden before the first... More

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

This is a garden with something for all. Gaudy herbaceous borders, lush raised beds of vegetables, walks and hidden oases of quiet. A cafe is there, and craft workshops in the old backsheds, and you can buy good quality plants and accessories. It's a friendly, welcoming place, where a volunteer gardener will happily stop and talk about their favourite subject... More

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

beautiful gardens and excellent organic food in the glass house

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is one of the best vegetarian cafe's I have visited in a long time, the food is grown in the garden and cooked on the premises. The salads are very fresh with interesting flavours- I had a rice salad which was really nutty, with peas and citris fruits added as a dressing with some fresh green leaves, carrot and... More

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North East England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Enjoyed a nice wander round the gardens but at £5.50 per adult the admission feels a little steep. Would be better if some kind of annual pass system was in place (or if it is already better publicised) as this might encourage repeat visitors.

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Gargrave
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

My husband had been to the gardens when they first opened, we were both disappointed when we went last weekend. It looks like 80% of the gardens are unused space, mainly just lawns and grassy areas. The café was well over-priced (as was the entrance fee) although the soup we had was very tasty and the Auriculas on the tables... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Everything is fresh and the salads are exceptional!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The garden is a little pricey for its size, but the cafe is well worth a visit, with superb indoor and outdoor seatong, and good (veggie only) food and cakes.

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