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Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
+44 1439 771427
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Over price lunch

Lunch was very disappointing and expensive. Macaroni cheese, a very small portion was served which... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sallyandmally30
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Lovely garden and afternoon tea

Very sweet gardens and excellent value in the plant nursery. The afternoon tea was very pleasant... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lydia_Win
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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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 Cafe. 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. 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 Cafe. Toilets and disabled toilets available Dogs are welcome on leads
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cleveland Way | Helmsley, Helmsley YO62 5AT, England
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"run by volunteers"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lunch was very disappointing and expensive. Macaroni cheese, a very small portion was served which we shared with a hallomi salad which was nice but very small. We will not be eating here again. Gardens were lovely and very relaxing and a wonderful range of...More

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Dear Sally and Mally, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your time at the garden. I'm so glad you enjoyed the garden and found plenty to interest you in the Plant Centre. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your meal...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very sweet gardens and excellent value in the plant nursery. The afternoon tea was very pleasant. Will definitely be coming back through the year.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited Helmsley regularly, we thought it about time to visit this attraction - not our first choice as we are not mad keen gardeners and it is in the opposite direction to the town centre. It's a gentle 5 minute walk (on the level)...More

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Dear Malcolm, Thank you for your lovely review of The Vine House Café. You may be interested o know that they have their own TripAdvisor page but I will certainly be sending your compliments to them and letting them know how much you enjoyed your...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a hot sultry day in June. The garden is inspiring with a mixture of wild and cultivated plants and lots of places to sit, rest and marvel at the setting. Everyone we encountered was helpful and pleasant and we felt very welcome....More

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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear Jenny, Thank you for your lovely review of the Garden, I'm so pleased you had such a happy visit. it certainly sounds as if you sent a lot of time in all the different parts of the Garden. it's good to know that you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the garden in June 2018. very few people around and found the gardens very relaxing. Entry fee is £7.50 per adult which I believe is too much for what is on offer.More

Thank Vambo555
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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to review the garden. We charge £7.50 per visitor because we need to make an income that will enable us to pay our bills and meet our charitable objectives. These objectives are to restore and maintain the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After many visits to the walled garden we decided to return today and what a disappointment.. looking through the reviews I can see a few disappointed visitor. Most of the beds where in desperate need of care and parts have been left.....this time of year...More

Thank teesside2014
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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us, I'm sorry you taught the Garden was disappointing. Gardeners and bee keepers talk about the June gap. This is the time where the spring flowers are over abut the summer display hasn't yet come to full...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the garden on a beautiful day but would be well worth the visit on any day. Colourful and well set out it was a joy to drift thro areas of meadow; more formal gardens; water; veg etc. Plenty of places to sit and admire...More

Thank Sue F
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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sue, Thank you for your lovely review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit here. As you say everyone works hard to make the Garden a beautiful place to be as well as a tranquil and peaceful space for visitors. We have a very...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have never visited Helmsley Walled Garden before, even though we have known about it for years. As keen gardeners , we visit many gardens in the UK, Europe and even Africa. We found this garden expensive and rather uninteresting. Many of the beds needed...More

1  Thank CaroleBradford
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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Carole, Thank you for letting us know your thoughts on the price of admission to the garden. I’m sorry you thought it was expensive. Let me explain why we charge what we do. We are a charity set up to restore and maintain the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A large walled garden minutes from the town, well worth a visit. They have a large selection of plants for sale, a garden gift shop and a very nice cafe with excellent serviceMore

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Tricia_Harris, Marketing Manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ian and Dorothy, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed all that we have to offer. I do hope you will come back later in the year to see how the Garden is getting...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was looking forward to taking my mum but was disappointed. Firstly found it a little pricey no concessions. My mum who is disabled walked round it in no time at all. We are both keen gardeners so were looking forward to our visit. Lots of...More

Thank emw1961
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Tricia_Harris, marketing manager at Helmsley Walled Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear emw, Thank you for visiting and reviewing the Garden. Thank you also for letting us know your thoughts on the price of admission to the garden. I’m sorry you thought it was expensive. Let me explain why we charge what we do. We are...More

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Simonebonyrose
29 January 2017|
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Response from Tricia_Harris | Property representative |
Entry to the garden remains the same as in 2016 at £7.50p for all adults and no charge for children under 16. The gardens are currently closed we open again for the season on 1st April. We look forward to seeing you later... More
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dawn. d
27 March 2016|
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Response from Tricia_Harris | Property representative |
Hi there, Visiting Helmsley Walled Garden costs £7.50 per adult. Children under 16 come in for free. If you are a UK tax payer and can Gift Aid your entry, you will get a ticket valid for twelve months. Many thanks.
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