Come and enjoy a dog-friendly day out 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 Cafe or browse for plants and gifts in our shop. The garden is fully accessible and dogs are welcome on leads.
Dating back to 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden lies in the North York Moors National Park next to Duncombe Park and Helmsley Castle. The garden was a major employer during most of its history, but following the First World War, it was leased as a commercial enterprise until falling into dereliction in the 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’ 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 Cafe and staff work with chef Mollie Chapman to grow to order. Our staff and volunteers are always happy to chat to visitors about what we are doing and the work of the garden in general.
Dogs are always welcome in both the Garden and The Vine House Cafe. Water bowls are available. If you can’t see one, please just ask.
So enjoy a day out a Helmsley Walled Garden, for more details visit www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk
Open Wednesday to Sunday from March to December 10am to 5pm. Check website for full details and booking