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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Excellent in the sun

Visited on a lovely sunny day in may and will return. When asked if we had been before we said no and consequently offered year long entrance for the fee we paid. Therefore no... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Thirskies
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a lovely sunny day in may and will return. When asked if we had been before we said no and consequently offered year long entrance for the fee we paid. Therefore no additional cost for future visits in the next year I must admit there was little colour in the gardens at this time of year but sitting... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden was beautiful, peaceful and calm. It is a little pricey for what is on offer, but we had an excellent lunch in the cafe which overlooks the garden and castle. It only offers open sarnies and melts but we all enjoyed our food very much. You can eat in the cafe without visiting the garden.

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Thank Anne G
Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of the garden and the Vine House Café. Did you know that if you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your entry and get an entry ticket valid for twelve months? That way you are able to come back on a regular basis and see the garden develop through the season... More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is lovely, we sat there for a couple of hours and watched the swallows dipping into the fountain for a drink. Very colourful a good mix of produce, flower meadows and herbaceous borders. The café looked excellent will definitely try it next time. Good range of plants for sale and a well stocked shop, where else can you... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the walled garden on a very cold April day. But I think we went too early in the season. All the tulips were just coming to an end and nothing else was in flower, but this was our fault for visiting too early in the growing season. The good news is we gift aided our entrance fee and... More 

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Thank Linda S
Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the garden and thank you also for mentioning how you can Gift Aid your entry. UK taxpayers are able to Gift Aid their entry fee and in return get a ticket valid for twelve months. So for £7.50 you can watch the garden develop throughout the season and the garden gets the tax back... More 

Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only quite a small garden but was beautiful, have been earlier in the year, around March/April when there wasn't as much to see but in July and August it is lovely. There is a small area of plants for sale, good quality and some unusual ones, I always like to buy a few that I haven't seen in the garden... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a disappointment. In one word scruffy. We realise that at this time of year it is between seasons but what there was was very untidy. We met two volunteers who were friendly and we had a chat. They mentioned the head gardener as over to the right. When we got over there didn't even look up. (Doesn't cost anything... More 

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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know your thoughts on the price of admission to the garden. I’m sorry you thought it was expensive. Let me explain why we charge what we do. We are a charity set up to restore and maintain the garden, to provide horticultural therapy to vulnerable adults and to promote horticulture. We receive no funding from... More 

liverpool uk
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always call into the walled garden at Helmsley when we are in the area why we'll it has the best tea and cakes and in lovely surroundings plus you can buy plants ! Dog friendly and space inside for dogs too! Would recommend this community run facility the only reservation is cost to look around the garden is we... More 

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

A beautiful peaceful place to walk round and enjoy. We have visited on a number of occasions at different times of year and love to see the changes each time we go. The hens are a nice touch as well and I can never come away without buying something from the plant shop!

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Ilkley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Don't miss visiting here, it's lovely. There's so much to see and the special breed chickens are simply a delight.

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Thank Lowes_of_Ilkley
Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and in particular the chickens. The rooster is rather amazing but my personal favourites are the Silkies. I hope you will come again and see the garden develop over the season. With best wishes, Tricia Harris, Marketing Manager More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We whiled away a few hours in this garden. Dogs are allowed. And the entrance fee allows you to make a return visit for free. This allows you to visit in the different seasons.

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