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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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A lovely garden

We were pleasantly surprised at this garden. Having seen it from the outside we were surprised at how big it was. There were a wide range of plants and shrubs and we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Peter T
Hull UK

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Hull UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were pleasantly surprised at this garden. Having seen it from the outside we were surprised at how big it was. There were a wide range of plants and shrubs and we were particularly impressed by the array of overloaded fruit trees. We spent almost two hours looking round. The only thing I would have liked is more labelling of... More 

Thank Peter T
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thought the entry price had gone up steeply when visited last year although it includes free entries for a year. We live near Harrogate but that's not much use to those people who are on a holiday in N.Yorks. I realise the garden is run by volunteers and offers many opportunities to various groups in the locality but truly, with... More 

Thank Jill S
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We made our annual visit a week later than usual. It was good to see how the various trees and shrubs had matured over the years. I have never seen so many different varieties of apples. The raspberries that I tried were delicious!!

Thank Kevin F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had wondered if the garden would be lacking in interest in mid September but I was not disappointed. What a wonderful variety of apples and pears - many varieties I have never heard of and so well tended by what appears to be a band of volunteers. The herbaceous borders were full of colour and interesting plants. The garden... More 

Thank ScottishTourist46
West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely walled garden, beautifully cared for. Seems quite expensive to visit, however if you gift aid, they give you free entry for a whole year, bargain. You always need to go more than once a year.

Thank Steve C
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a sunny August Bank Holiday, but the garden seemed to absorb the visitors without appearing overcrowded. Nicely laid out and plenty of decent paths for those needing wheelchair access (although worth noting that there is very limited parking adjacent to the garden with 3 spaces reserved for disabled badge-holders). Particularly strong if your interested in fruit trees and... More 

Thank Doris_and_Bruno
Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the garden several years ago, my husband wanted to go back to see how it had developed over the years. We were surprised to see the entry fee was £7.50 each, as I'm his carer had hoped I wouldn't have to pay. When we asked we were told there were no concessions, so we paid the full price.... More 

Thank jenniferY3352PJ
Easenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful example of a large walled garden, including greenhouses, vegetables, hundreds of fruit trees and flower borders. Some areas still in development, but as it is manned and tended almost entirely by volunteers, a credit to them all. The café and facilities were fine and comparably priced to any other tourist attraction. Plenty of municipal parking within a few hundred... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was not easy to find parking for the attraction. The cafe is overly expensive for sandwiches, but nicely brought to us. Yes is good. The garden has lots to see

Thank Nick B
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This garden is lovely to visit. At my visit the apple and pear trees were in fruit. You can buy plants here and there is a cafe. You get good views of the caste. But for me, £7.50 is a bit much.

Thank Rebecca D

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