Helmsley Walled Garden

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Helmsley Walled Garden is five glorious acres in the North York Moors National Park. A patchwork of small, intimate gardens are planted up with beautiful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Used as one of the locations for the new film version of The Secret Garden, it is full of colour and corners to explore as well as places to sit and relax. The garden is fully accessible and dogs are welcome on leads.

Originally the kitchen garden for Duncombe Park, the garden was abandoned in the 80s. Local woman Alison Ticehurst began restoration in 1994 with the aim of creating a beautiful garden to visit that would also be a therapeutic place working to change lives through horticulture.

Today we continue to provide a range of nature-based activities designed to help individuals dealing with a range of issues such as depression and social isolation to recover their confidence and well-being by gardening with others.

The garden is constantly evolving. New areas include an Iris border, a foliage border and a complete overhaul of the Garden of Nature, showcasing British native plants that provide food for insects, butterflies and pollinators. The newest garden is our very own Secret Garden, planted up with flowers mentioned in the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The award-winning Vine House Café provides a range of delicious cakes and lunches with a changing specials board and a collection of specially curated gins.

Our garden shop and plant centre carries a range of plants propagated in the garden as well as gifts, cards, books and a range of produce made in Yorkshire.

Groups and coach parties are welcome by prior arrangement. Wheelchairs are available on free loan so everyone can explore the garden and there are many benches so you can just stop and admire the view.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
April to October Adult£8.00 per adult
April to October Child under 16 yearsFree
Friends Joint ticket year round£50.00 per group
Friends Ticket - Year Round£30.00 per ticket
November and December - Child under 16 yearsFree
November to December Adult£5.00 per adult

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking possible
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Coach parking
  • Drop Off Point
  • Guided tours for groups
  • Typical visit duration


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads accepted.
  • Gift shop
  • Onsite Catering
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Helmsley is on the A170, 25 miles from York, 14 miles from Thirsk and 16 miles from Malton. Helmsley Walled Garden is a short walk from the centre of Helmsley. Follow signposts from the Cleveland Way Car Park, adjacent to the Castle.

Map reference: SE 608837 Lat: 54.24539 Long: -1.06846

By Road:

A170 into Helmsley, from York and Thirsk, turn left at Market Square and then right for Stokesley. Turn left opposite Feversham Arms into Cleveland Way long-stay car park. From Scarborough, drive past Helmsley Market Square and turn right towards Stokesley. Turn left opposite Feversham Arms into Cleveland Way long-stay car park. From Stokesley and Rievaulx, on entering Helmsley on the B1257 turn right opposite the Feversham Arms in Cleveland Way long-stay car park. Follow footpath signs from car park to Helmsley Walled Garden.

Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: Bus services provided by East Yorkshire Motor Service from Scarborough and Pickering and Stephenson’s of Easingwold from Malton please see providers’ website for current timetable. Get 20% off garden entry with a valid ticket from East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) 128 service from Scarborough.

Helmsley Walled Garden


Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH
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Opening Times

Summer Opening (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Winter Opening (1 Nov 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00

* Please visit the business website for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies,

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