Helmsley Walled Garden
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 Café. 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.View Map
In the 1990′s Alison Ticehurst felt that this garden should be used for local people and she had a vision to make it a healing garden offering horticultural therapy and a tranquil environment for those who need it.
The garden you visit today is the result of a great deal of hard work over a long period of time by a large number of volunteers, friends, supporters and staff.
It also employs a head gardener and assistant head gardener.
Individuals have moved on but the garden ethos remains. It has always sought to retain serenity, be a reflective space and use gardening for its restorative qualities.
Helmsley is situated 25 miles north of York (on the A170), 14 miles from Thirsk and 16 miles from Malton. Follow the signposts from the Cleveland Way car park in Helmsley, located on the north side of the castle.
Group visits by prior arrangement (daytime or evenings)
Children under 16: Free
Group visits wishing to dine in the Vine House Café need to pre-book in order to ensure all meals can be accommodated at busy periods. Please call Will on 01439 771194 to make bookings for café meals.
Plant Sales: We have a plant centre stocking a wide variety of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, bedding plants, herbs, climbing plants etc at very reasonable prices.