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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 October 4, 2013

We visited on Autumn Show day having arrived in Helmsley the previous day so knew nothing of what was happening but were pleasantly surprised to get reduced price admission and have stalls to see as well. This made it a good value visit. Lovely flowers and amazing fruit trees with abindance of apples and pears.

Thank Madeleine H
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

My mum and I visited on a very misty morning but that did nothing to diminish our visit. although we visited late in the season there was still a lot of colour in the garden. We couldn't believe the variety of apples there were to be found as we walked around. From the moment we entered after having a chat and free plums from the lady in the ticket office we had a super tour. All the areas were easily accessible even to my Mum who walks with a rollator, even the greenhouses which were full of vegetables and very tempting to pick. The only downside was the coffee shop which we found slightly expensive for what we got. But all in all a super visit, and we want to return in full summer

1  Thank Bridget W
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Helmsley is a pleasant little town and having this walled garden in walking distance of the long stay car-park is a big bonus. The car-park was £2.70 for 3 hours which gave us time to mosey around the town, grab a coffee and visit the gardens.

Before you enter the gardens themselves there are a few lovely 'artisan' shops you can browse in. Entrance to the gardens is £5.50 per person.

Even in September, with the gardens past their best they were still lovely and we very much enjoyed walking around. To my mind they are better than the Scampston walled gardens.

There is a cafe there although we didn't try it so I can't comment on it.

In summary this was a pleasant afternoon well-spent although a little expensive for what you get.

Thank JesOakley
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

My Mum and I went to visit the garden at 9:30am on Sunday morning. We were really lucky as it was a lovely morning. The garden still had lots of colour in it and it was interesting to see the fruit and vegetables as well. It is a very peaceful place to wander around. The garden has a great view of the castle. We had an excellent cup of coffee in the cafe and the cakes looked very tempting but we didn't sucumb due to just having finished breakfast! There are also plants for sale and in season fruit - the day we went they were selling apples.

Thank fileydate
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Helmsley Walled Garden is a tranquil oasis of calm nestled among the beauty of the North Yorks Moors.
I'm no gardener but I love it here. There are five acres of delightful flowers, fruit and vegetables, all in the scenic shadow of Helmsley Castle.
There is also a very nice tea room, and shops.
A lovely place to visit, and every time you go back, it will look different.

Thank Martin D
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