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“Good plants on sale!”

Helmsley Walled Garden
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Helmsley
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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 May 21, 2013

Having seen it develop from its early days it is a large area which has been redeveloped as it was intended and is nnow flourishing. There is a pleasant coffee area, inside and out, and plenty of home-cultivated plants on sale at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Spectacular sight towering above Helmsley but limited amount to see and of interest. Good car parking, but charges apply, nearby. Tourist shop is good and conveniently situated.

Thank bettsworth
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

As part of our weekend stay-over in Helmsley, we went to the Walled Garden – we are ‘Friends’, and have been for some time.

Because the weekend coincided with the Spring Fayre, we were doubly pleased, not only to revisit the Garden itself as it began to spring into life, but to witness the results of the sterling efforts of all concerned in putting on the annual event. A wonderful, quintessentially English occasion.

That event aside, the Walled Garden is a haven of tranquillity mainly for those of a horticultural bent, but also for those who are quite happy to reflect as life drifts by….yes it really does make one dip into prose!

It is also a small Garden Centre, where plants and accessories can be purchased, and there is also a café (vegetarian) on site.

The long-stay car park is a few seconds walk away, behind the Castle (those less able can park adjacent to the Garden).

It is, by the way, a registered charity.

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Third time have visited now...teas and home made snacks as good as ever...very well served with idiosyncratic crockery. Because of the time of year, entrance to the garden was free so we took advantage. As soon as you enter, you get a superb vista of the old castle. Gardens bigger than expected and I am sure that in their full summer glory will be exceptional...albeit a little expensive if you had to pay for entry. However, just go for a light lunch or snack...great value. Parking very close if you continue on the road/ track to the public car park but don't turn left into it!!

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

While it was very cold on the day we went to see this castle it was very intersting wnd well woth a visit. Recommended.

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