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Helmsley Walled Garden and The Vine House Café close to visitors on the 21st December and will remain shut until early March.

Please keep an eye on our website and our social media channels for further updates on 2021 opening.

We are almost at the end of the year and what a year it has been. Thank you to everyone who has visited, reviewed us, bought plants and gifts, followed us on social media, donated and supported us. We are still here because of you and we cannot say thank you enough. We will be closed from December 20th and will remain closed until March 2021. Next year we will be open from Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am till 5pm, last entry at 4pm. We will look forward to welcoming you all. So, until next year, stay safe and well. We wish you the best Christmas and may 2021 bring better things for us all.

Your health and safety is important and we do ask that you ensure that you are aware of the latest government advice and please follow our simple safety measures:

  • Stay within household groups during your visit
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds
  • Wear a face covering in any situation where you feel the required social distancing may not be possible for any reason
  • You will see our volunteers around the garden. They will be identifiable by their hi-visibility jackets. For your safety and theirs, please maintain appropriate social distancing when talking to them

We have implemented the following measures to help keep visitors safe:

  • Separate entry and exit points
  • Hand sanitiser points
  • A one-way system around the garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you keeping things clean?

The toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis. We ask that you make use of the anti-bacterial hand wash available.

Which areas can we explore?

We have a one-way system in force . Follow the arrows round the garden to explore it fully and help to maintain safe distancing from other visitors.

Is the shop and Plant Centre open?

The shop is open, the plant centre is currently closed

Can we use cash?

We ask for all payments to be made by card if at all possible.

Are there plenty of places to sit?

Yes, there are benches all around the garden for you to sit and take in the view, for quiet contemplation or to chat with a family member or friend.

Is there anywhere to have a picnic?

Yes, we have a picnic lawn with benches or you can bring a picnic blanket.

Is The Vine House Café open?

Yes, The Vine House Café is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am till 4pm with last orders at 4.30pm.

Can we bring our dog?

Absolutely, well-behaved dogs on leads are always welcome.

Can we smoke?

We have a strict no-smoking policy in all areas of the garden which includes e-cigarettes


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