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September 22, 2018 - Helmsley Castle and Walled Garden

Arrived early so had lunch at the famous Walled Garden before moving in the hotel. Then Explored the castle in the afternoon. Fun day.

Driving from Pickering to Helmsley

Driving from Pickering to Helmsley


September 22, 2018 — Day 19 (Saturday)

Market Square - Helmsley, UK

Market Square - Helmsley, UK

Hate to leave our lovely cottage in Pickering. It’s been absolutely perfect and so was the location; central to everything we needed. Ah well . . . time to move on. We packed the car and started, stopping once for gas. Very pretty drive to Helmsley where we parked right in front of the hotel. I walked through and found no one so we decided to visit the Helmsley Walled Garden before lunch. Managed to get lost looking for it and found the Duncombe Park and Estate which was very impressive. Back on track, we finally found long-term parking down the street that was an easy walk to the garden. Ed paid and displayed and we set off for the Garden. The sign had fallen down but two gentlemen set us on the right path (and put the sign back up) so we soon arrived and got our tickets. We spent a lovely couple hours exploring the garden and then had lunch in their tea room. Ed got a ham melt and I got a minted lamb rump sandwich . . . all with two salads and tea. It was very good and served in a greenhouse. Fun. [The Vinehouse Café, Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH; tel: +44 014 3977-1194; Click here for the Vinehouse Café web site]

Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Duncombe Park Estate outside Helmsley

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

September fruit in the Helmsley Walled Garden

September fruit in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Castle from Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Espaliered apples in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Espaliered apples in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Medlars in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Medlars in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Fountain in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Fountain in the Helmsley Walled Garden

Some Amazing chickens at Helmsley Walled Garden

Some Amazing chickens at Helmsley Walled Garden

Lunch at The Vinehouse Cafe at Helmsley Walled Garden

Lunch at The Vinehouse Cafe at Helmsley Walled Garden

We walked back to parking where we met the parking lady (meter maid) who told us about a very reasonable weekly parking pass we can use in the entire area. We walked to the Castle entrance where the pass is sold and bought one. Next we checked into the Royal Oak Hotel on the Market Square. We have a great view over the market place, bed, chair, stool and love seat, lots of storage and blackout blinds. Looks good. [The Royal Oak Hotel, 15 Market Pl, Helmsley, York YO62 5BL UK; tel: +44 1439 770450; Click here for the Royal Oak Hotel web site]

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Next we walked up to the Castle that is English Heritage so free for us. It’s impressive as English castles go. There are a couple unruined buildings with interesting, if somewhat redundant, exhibits. There are also three striking sculptures by Malcolm Brocklesby at the entrance. We went through all of it and walked back to the hotel to rest and unpack. We have a 6:30 dinner reservation downstairs. [Helmsley Castle, Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB; tel: +44 01439 770442; Click here for the Helmsley Castle web site]

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Ed Checking Exhibits - Helmsley Castle

Ed Checking Exhibits - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

Interior - Helmsley Castle

The Walled Garden from Helmsley Castle

The Walled Garden from Helmsley Castle

The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

The Swordsman, The Warrior and The Archer by Malcolm Brocklesby

Posted by Beausoleil 15:40 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged england uk helmsley walled_garden helmsley_castle

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Love Helmsley, but i"ve not been to the walled garden, looks great. Enjoyed your blog Alec.

by alectrevor

What a beautiful garden and the ruined castle looks great, too.

by irenevt

We loved Helmsley Walled Garden when we visited last year, and also had lunch in the Vinehouse Cafe :) But we didn't get to the castle so that's something to add to the list for the next time we're in the area. I like the look of those sculptures!

by ToonSarah

Hi Alec. Thanks for visiting. The garden is great fun and would be any time spring through autumn. The volunteers working there are very informative. That's how we discovered what a Medlar is.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sarah, the castle is mostly a ruin but the one building has a few interesting exhibits. We loved the sculptures and also the view of the garden from the castle. You should enjoy a visit.

Thanks for your visit.

by Beausoleil

Hi Irene. Thanks for visiting. The whole area was a wonderful surprise to us. We visited a lot of fun things in our few days at Helmsley.

by Beausoleil

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