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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 and parkland open Tuesday 29 March - Wednesday 31 August open Sunday to Friday, closed Saturdays, hours 10.30am - 5.00pm, last admission 4.00pm. Duncombe Park reserve the right to close the garden for special events and functions. Please check the events section on the website or telephone in advance.

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 railway station is 20 miles away Bus: 31X from York to Helmsley

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

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