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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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We booked a guide to show us round the gardens who was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the gardens and also the plants and planting. There are lots of places to sit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wetherby, United Kingdom

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked a guide to show us round the gardens who was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the gardens and also the plants and planting. There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the gardens. We also had lunch in the cafe there which was very good and not too expensive. Although we... More 

Thank WetherbyLady
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even though it was reasonably busy, there was a very peaceful atmosphere and nothing felt rushed or pressurised. Inside, it was peaceful and tranquil. The various areas of the garden were al lovely and we really liked the way they were encouraging bees and other insects and they made the effort to explain why this is so important. Some parts... More 

Thank honeysrascal
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around these beautiful gardens. It's so peaceful & tranquil it's easy to find a space just to sit and admire the beauty.

Thank Mwalshm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

£7.50 each entry seemed expensive to us and put off several others we saw. We had a 2 for 1 voucher and enjoyed our visit, but wouldn't have been so happy if paying the full whack.

Thank RouteCanal
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous garden not to be missed . Park in public car park nearby. The garden has a cafe. But expensive but a jolly good cup of tea

Thank Susan D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am lucky enough to live near Helmsley so can visit the walled garden at different times of the year. Visiting earlier in the year, the garden looked bare as one would expect, but now in August it is teeming with plants. My lunch of a tuna crunch open sandwich was lovely, eaten outside as the weather was fine. Then... More 

Thank PhylMelling
Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A delightful small garden close to the Castle. Good cafe, plenty of good local crafts , art and food products available

Thank Sue19402014
Pickering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to show some visiting friends the Walled Garden, but when they saw the price, they refused to let us pay £30 for the four of us (3 pensioners). We went for ice-cream at Ryeburn instead. We thoroughly enjoyed the ice-creams, but it is a shame that the entrance fee too the Garden discriminates against some.

Thank Helen Y
Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Dear Helen Y, Thank you for letting us know your thoughts the price of admission to the garden. I’m sorry you thought it was expensive. Let me explain why we charge what we do. We are a charity set up to restore and maintain the garden, to provide horticultural therapy to vulnerable adults and to promote horticulture. We receive no... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Have been many times and really good value if you gift aid as you get a ticket for year round admittance. Beautifully kept and very peaceful - it just a lovely walk around.

Thank Silverdevilangelgirl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the garden in May and wanted to see how the flowering evolved during the summer. Late July a wonderful time to visit for the visual display of colour! The garden is like a huge version of a domestic one where absolutely a work in progress. Focus on the positive aspect rather than the unkempt areas and you will enjoy... More 

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