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Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
+44 1439 771427
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My Husband and myself visited early November ,understood it was the end of the season but were... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Jane S
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A Treasure of an English Garden - don't miss

Even though we visited in the autumn, it was still quite beautiful and much larger than expected... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
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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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  • Average8%
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Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
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+44 1439 771427

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

My Husband and myself visited early November ,understood it was the end of the season but were still charged full price each unlike a lot of other visiting gardens were they charge winter prices.We also used the cafe in total it was an expensive trip...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Even though we visited in the autumn, it was still quite beautiful and much larger than expected. It must be quite a treat to see in the spring and summer! If you are in Helmsley, don't miss this treasure of an English Garden.

Thank pasowine
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Even in the northern Autumn weather must go back in the summer to see it in its full glory Well worth a visit

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely stroll around a huge (5 acre) walled garden with hubby and our dog who was made very welcome, plus tea and cake in the Vine House Cafe sat looking out toward the garden - such a wonderful place to visit.

Thank DJRangoon
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This beautiful conservatory tearoom was a real find Vintage crockery lovely atmosphere home made cakes and also gin specialities The only thing I was disappointed about was the fact that the tea was bags and not loose leave The seating was wooden chairs so no...More

Thank Ryedale-rosebud
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This garden is a wonderful example of how modern day England is endeavouring to preserve its botanical heritage. It contains many examples of all manner of vegetables, fruit trees etc not seen anywhere else and contained in a walled garden. Hot houses show how tropical...More

Thank Kiwi_Cath
Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Dear Cath, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so glad that you got so much enjoyment from visiting and admiring our Yorkshire apple tree collection and also some of the unusual vegetables to be found in the Kitchen Garden. We are not a faithful...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Having bought a ticket for a year decided to come back for last visit of the year and was surprised that there was so much colour. Tearoom is still a delight as long as you don't want fast service. Have had good value from ticket...More

Thank Thirskies
Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Dear Thirskies, Thank you for your review, I'm glad you were able to come back so late in the season and enjoy the autumn colour. I think every season has something special about it but I am particularly passionate about autumn and the amount of...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

We've visited so many times over the years and it is great to see the way the garden has evolved. A real credit to all those who work so very hard - there was lots of colour and interest although it's already October. And butterflies...More

Thank GardeningSuey
Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Dear Suey, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your visit to the Garden. It's great to know that visitors like yourself who have been coming for many years still find new things to see and continue to enjoy Helmsley Walled Garden as...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017

Spent a pleasant afternoon here with wife and kids. Enjoyed a light lunch which was very nice, although we did have to wait some time to be served.More

Thank asl693
Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Dear asl693, Thank you for coming to visit the Garden and for reviewing us. I'm glad you had an enjoyable visit and a good lunch. The Vine House Café does have their own Trip Advisor page but I will pass your comments on. I'm glad...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017

This is our fourth annual visit to these wonderful gardens. They are just as lovely as ever, although on this visit rather wet! Despite the weather, we still enjoyed ouselves and were particularly impessed by the display in the greenhouse of fruit, vegetables, plants and...More

Thank Kevin F
Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Dear Kevin, Thank you for your review and for coming to visit in the rain! I'm glad you enjoyed the fruits of autumn display. It shows how much is still growing in autumn and that whatever its size a garden doesn't have to be lacking...More

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Simonebonyrose
30 January 2017|
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Response from Tricia_Harris | Property representative |
Entry to the garden remains the same as in 2016 at £7.50p for all adults and no charge for children under 16. The gardens are currently closed we open again for the season on 1st April. We look forward to seeing you later... More
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dawn. d
27 March 2016|
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Response from Tricia_Harris | Property representative |
Hi there, Visiting Helmsley Walled Garden costs £7.50 per adult. Children under 16 come in for free. If you are a UK tax payer and can Gift Aid your entry, you will get a ticket valid for twelve months. Many thanks.
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