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“Gluten free treats and a beautiful setting”

Helmsley Walled Garden
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed December 12, 2012

The walled garden is a beautiful, peaceful place, and the cafe produces home-made, locally-sourced delicious meals - including gluten free ones! If, like me, you find making a variety of salads tricky - you can enjoy a lovely selection in your lunch here - and, if you're lucky, you can eat it sitting outside in the sun, surrounded by flowers!

Thank Frances B
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Love this garden as an amateur gardener. They have plenty of plants for sale plus accessories. It's a lovely retreat from the bustle of Helmsley itself.

Thank GeraldineLeeds
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Sometimes overwhelmed by numbers the staff can be abrupt. The food verges between acceptable to very good. The bread is home made but brilliant

Thank Robtt
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The castle is in the centre of town and has the best place to park. It's a pretty castle with lovely views over the lovely Georgian town. The audio tour was excellent and the exhibition in the parts which stillhave a roof were very interesting. The entrance and ticket office also has the local Tourist Information Centre.

Thank munchkin59
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Nice tea room in the conservatory, the gardens are pleasant and good for ideas. You can buy some interesting things too, we bought a milk churn and an antique seed drill.

1  Thank Patricia B
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