The Garden Guide

Helmsley Walled Garden

A 5 acre kitchen garden dating from 1758. It was abandoned during the 1970s and has been extensively restored since 1994. There are Victorian glasshouses, fruit trees, vines, a peony garden, dipping pond and over 250 varieties of clematis.

Head Gardener's Comment

Helmsley Walled Garden comprises five acres of stunning planting. The restored glasshouses are full of colour, 150m double herbaceous borders, an orchard, Kitchen Garden, Clematis Garden and Physic Garden to name but a few of the specialist gardens. Fruit trees clothe the walls and the grounds, including a special collection of over 50 Yorkshire apple cultivars> The Vine House Café provides a seasonal menu for visitors who can sit outside or in the Vine House beneath Victorian grape cultivars.

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 Café.

Toilets and disabled toilets available

Photograph © Helmsley Walled Garden
Photograph © Helmsley Walled Garden
Photograph © 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.

Plants of note

Heriage apple collection including 52 Yorkshire varieties;
Collection of Victorian indoor vines displayed inside a restored Vinehouse;
Clematis collection in a newly created clematis garden.

Helmsley Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England, YO62 5AH

April to October. Open 10am to 5pm daily.


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