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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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Glorious garden!

Although we went at the end of the season it was well worth a look due to wide variety of apple and pear trees. The apple juice was scrummy. I thought it was a bit pricey at first... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
David D
Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom

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Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we went at the end of the season it was well worth a look due to wide variety of apple and pear trees. The apple juice was scrummy. I thought it was a bit pricey at first but when we were offered a 2 for 1 ticket the price was very fair!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a visit to the gardens. Nice cafe where we sat outside and enjoyed the garden. Only had coffee and a scone which was lovely. Will go back to sample more in the future as it all looked lovely.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

payed a visit whilst staying in helmsley, although it is a lovely place, we thought £7.50 was a bit too steep for entrance fee, when we mentioned this to the lady on the desk she offered us 2 for the price of 1 ! the tea room is a beautiful glass building, sells some lovely homemade treats too.

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Thornton-le-Moor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the apple pressing demo and loved the apple juice. The coffee and cakes were great. Garden looking great also

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are hidden away behind the castle but good signposting gives you clear directions to the entrance. The gardens history was interesting once serving Duncombe Park with fruit veg and flowers. It was later left derelict and volunteers restored it to its beautiful arrangement today, it's spread over 5 acres and has wonderful long beds that had Autumn colours... More 

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Hull UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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