About Helmsley Walled 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.
Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Cafe/Restaurant - Outdoor Seating, Cafe/Restaurant - Indoor Seating, Gift Shop, Plant Shop/Small Nursery
Spring: Daffodils, Perennial Borders
Summer: Perennial Borders, Wildflower Meadow
Autumn: Orchard, Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Walled Garden, Formal Garden, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouses/Glasshouses
Additional features: Clematis Garden, Physic Garden, Chickens
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Pre-booked: Adult £8.00 (£9.00 with Gift Aid), Children (U16) Free. Walk up admission: £8.50 (£9.50 with Gift Aid).
Concessions: One carer per wheelchair user admitted free.
Season ticket prices: Annual Friends membership: Individual £30, Joint £50.00.
- RHS: Free entry on Wednesdays.
Good to Know
Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).
Wheelchair Hire: Yes - Two wheelchairs available; please pre-book so that the garden can be sure they are available.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using YO62 5AH.
Last Entry: An hour before 'Closing Time'.
Size of Site: 5 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by Helmsley Walled Garden in 2021.