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Helmsley Walled Garden

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Address: Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
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+44 1439 771427
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Great place and dog friendly

What a great place and such a great charity. We called in and had a few hours wondering round this hidden gem of garden. Nice to be able to go to garden like this with our dog... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

What a great place and such a great charity. We called in and had a few hours wondering round this hidden gem of garden. Nice to be able to go to garden like this with our dog too. As its all done by volunteers some odd bits are a little in need of a bit of weeding. But the its... More 

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Mike I, Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and very pleased you will be returning. The gift aid element allows our visitors to see the garden throughout the year seeing how different parts are at their best at different times. With five acres of flowers and vegetables there will always be weeding to undertake. We pride ourselves at being a working garden and... More 

Rye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

2 hours was hardly enough in fact we got locked in at the end! A joy of light, smells and ideas. Gardens in various stages of growth and development wonderful incentives.

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Sutton Coldfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

What a lovely treat to walk around this splendid village with its great shops to view, coffee houses, hotels and pubs and the Castle and Walled Gradens, We also visited when the market was on which wass on the Friday. Regards Gary Saunders

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Taking time to walk around the gardens is well worth it. I would think if you go in May the fruit blossoms would be magnificent.

Thank mick592015
Daventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Lovely to see how this walled garden has been renovated with care and well done to all the volunteers that are making it work, I visited in October and still some good colour to be found must look amazing in the summer.

Thank Carol C
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We have been coming since this garden opened and is wonderful to see the continuing evolution from a wasteland to a bountiful and beautiful garden. Well done to all concerned.

Thank John T
Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

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 18 October 2016 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.

Thank Cindy G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

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 10 October 2016 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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