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Helmsley Walled Garden

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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
Phone Number: +44 1439 771427
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Built in 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden is a five acre garden sitting beneath...

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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The gardens are a joy to walk round. The planting is magnificent and there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere. The cafe provides a range of own-grown and local produce which is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are a joy to walk round. The planting is magnificent and there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere. The cafe provides a range of own-grown and local produce which is freshly prepared and very tasty. Staff are friendly and helpful, and eager to please.

Thank Cathy33pz
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This walled garden is a peaceful and tranquil setting in which the visitor can enjoy a lovely display of many different plants. There is also a nice water feature on display and even a few chickens within an enclosure ! There are a good number of benches upon which to sit and admire the surroundings. All in all well worth... More 

Thank Yorkshirebloke1961
Seaham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited these gardens a number of times but this time we had coffee and a scone. Wow! The cherry scones were amazing as was the coffee. It was definitely the best time to visit as the gardens were fabulous.

Thank Pat b
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wasn't really sure what there was to see other than plants...but was immediately put off by the entrance fee 7.50 each?????!!!!!

Thank amandabck
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I go to Helmsley Walled Garden as often as I can and make a point of taking visitors there. I always come away feeling as though I've walked through a little patch of paradise. As a gardener myself, I recognise all the hours and hours of work that go into making the garden a living, evolving space that always has... More 

Thank Matt_and_Wils_Mum
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on recommendation and were wowed! Such a beautiful garden in a peaceful setting. The borders were rich with colour and buzzing bees, with the castle as a backdrop too. An inspiration to any gardener. Plants reasonably priced too and the cafe is definitely worth a visit!

Thank Jud1952
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely walled garden which we feel unlike some other reports is good value for money to help maintain this beautiful oasis and i would be pleased to pay double the entrance fee.

Thank jon m
Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i noticed this place from my Castle visit so decided to go and have a look around with my wife. The gardens are superb, colorful and well kept with a colorful history of ups and downs. All the volunteers and staff there have done a great job.

Thank gazken1981
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Helmsley walled garden is an extremely nice place to look around for planting ideas, though not cheap! Good to look at photos of it in its neglected state of a few years ago. All redone by volunteers. On a fine weather day the outside cafe seating is great, the vinery make it a pleasant coffee stop even in inclement weather.... More 

Thank Jean b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are a joy with good access for almost anyone. The cafe is superb, especially for a vegetarian!!!

Thank June T

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