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Helmsley Walled Garden

A wonderfully varied community walled garden.

  • 4.5

  • from 134 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

14 April - 19 Dec 2021 Wednesdays - Sundays Bank Holidays: 3 & 31 May, 30 August 10AM - 4PM Last Entry 3PM

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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Free entry on Wednesdays.

Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 134 Google reviews

Graham Summers

4 months ago


A hidden little gem in Helmsley. This walled garden is cleverly divided into many areas by both hard and soft screening. It provides a chance to see a wide variety of garden styles, planting and ornamental features with varied vistas and themes. The castle is a highlight as a backdrop. A very pleasant way to spend an hour or two on a summers day. And how can you fault one with a cafe serving treacle cake?

Janet Brown

4 months ago


What an absolutely lovely garden. Had such a great time today, looking round all the lovely plants and bought two fab plants in the shop. The dahlias were amazing, really beautiful. Lovely cafe too. Will definitely be returning soon!

Maureen Stones

2 months ago


What a wonderful place, lots of volunteers helping to slowly reinstate this walled garden. Covers around 5 acres along with The Vine House Cafe serving luscious food 😋

Lesley Levy

4 months ago


What a beautiful part of Yorkshire on our doorstep. It seems to have its own micro climate. You're never far from a cafe, restaurant or ice cream parlour. From Duncombe park with its stately home to the walled garden there's plenty to see. Great walks and stunning scenery.

Mary Brill

5 months ago


Beautiful garden, plants for sale. Restaurant quirky but delicious food, eggs for sale. Always like going Helmsley Walled Garden, happy place.

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01439 772314

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