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Helmsley Walled Garden

A wonderfully varied community walled garden.

  • 4.5

  • from 169 Google reviews

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About the garden

Recently featured in the film version of The Secret Garden and dating back to 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden lies within the North York Moors next to Helmsley Castle. It was the Kitchen Garden for Duncombe Park, until World War 1. Many garden staff were killed in the fighting and the world had changed forever for those who came back. The Duncombe family moved away from the estate and the garden became a commercial market garden until the early 1980s.

Restoration began in 1994: Alison Ticehurst, a practice nurse in nearby Ampleforth, aimed to create a beautiful garden for visitors to enjoy alongside providing a therapeutic space for disadvantaged people. Today volunteers who need support are ‘buddied up’ with a trained volunteer who works with them and helps them to gain confidence and develop their skills.

The garden continues to develop and mature; new additions include an Iris border, a Peony Garden and a complete overhaul of the Garden of Nature, showcasing British native plants. The Clematis Garden is flourishing and The Physic Garden is full of the medicinal herbs used by medieval monks to provide remedies for the poor and needy.

The Kitchen Garden provides produce for The Vine House Café and staff work with chef Mollie Chapman to grow to order. The staff and volunteers are always happy to chat to visitors about what they are doing and the work of the garden in general.

So come and enjoy a day at Helmsley Walled Garden and stroll through beautiful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Enjoy the Clematis Garden or take time out to sit in the Orchard or the Garden of Contemplation. Relax over lunch at The Vine House Café beneath Victorian vines, or browse for gifts and plants in our Garden Shop and Plant Centre. The garden, shop and café are fully accessible and dogs are welcome on leads. Groups, including coach parties are welcome to pre-book.

Opening times

March - December Wednesday to Sunday 10am until last entry at 4pm (gates close at 5pm)

Useful details

Garden area

5 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Two wheelchairs available; please pre-book so that the garden can be sure they are available.

North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH

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Helmsley Walled Garden
North Yorkshire
YO62 5AH
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  • RHS members (free admission on Wednesdays)
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Free entry on Wednesdays.

Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 169 Google reviews

Sarah Dewse

5 months ago


We visit The Walled Gardens a few times every year. The changes since we first started visiting have been amazing. It's simple to see how loved the gardens are by all of the volunteers who give their time. This came to total fruition when it was used for a part bit in the recent 'The Secret Garden'...recognised immediately by our Eagle eyed 9 year old. The cafe has evolved leaps and bounds providing delicious fare. Equally wonderful are the lawn areas where you could easily picnic. A gorgeous jewel in Helmsleys crown!

Simeon Grundy

a year ago


Chose a really hot day to visit. Used Gardeners World 2 for 1 deal to get in which made entry price OK. Walled Gardens are stunning. A lot of work going on to replant them in various parts. Great views of Helmsley Castle just beyond the Walled gardens too. Large onsite cafe, which was extremely busy. And have to say rather expensive - for food that is. What was had was very nice though. Staff in the cafe were exceptional - thanks to the young lady who refreshed the bowl of water for my dog. Well worth a visit. Garden plant sales - good plants and reasonably priced too.

Vanessa Marlow

a year ago


Absolutely beautiful walled garden with friendly staff, gardeners and a range of garden styles. Fresh fruit and veg is available for a small donation. The cafe is stunning and serves excellent quality food and a good range in the menu. Well worth a visit!

Tracy Crompton

3 months ago


This is a delightful place with 4 acres of beautiful plants and flowers. There's also a great tea rooms😋

Katarzyna Tabero

a year ago


Beautiful little gardens. It was lovely to walk around with our 1year old. She was loving the flowers. There are some nice areas to sit down and listen to the birds. You can also admire the view of the Helmsley castle. I just think that they are rather small and £8 per person is on an expensive side when you think how small they are. Probably take a good half an hour to see everything. But still beautiful gardens.

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