Duncombe Park, Helmsley

Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire YO62 5EB View on map

The sweeping grass terraces, towering veteran trees and classical temples are described by historian Christopher Hussey as 'perhaps the most spectacularly beautiful among English landscape conceptions of the 18th century'. Beside superb views over the Rye Valley, visitors will discover woodland walks (including the Yew tunnel), ornamental parterres and a secret garden at the Orangery. The garden and surrounding 255 acre parkland are designated a National Nature Reserve for the rare insects and fungi that thrive on the drying limbs of ancient trees.


Opening Arrangements

Gardens: 2 April - 31 August, Sunday - Friday, 10.30am - 5pm. Closed 15 and 16 June, 8 July, 28 July - 4 August. Park: 1 February - 24 December, daily, 10.30am - 5pm.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £5.00.(EH, HE, RHS, HHA free)
  • Child: £3.00 (under 5 free)
  • Other Charges: £4.50 (EH, HE, RHS, HHA free)


One mile from Helmsley market place (signposted) Road: 20 miles from A1(M). Between Thirsk and Pickering on the A170. Rail: York (20 miles). Bus: Route 31X (York to Helmsley).

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: No
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes