Duncombe Park

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Yorkshire, YO62 5EB

01439 770213

01439 771114


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
(2013 dates) 31st March - 30th August; Sun - Fri;10:30am - 5.00pm; last admission 4.00pm.
Parklands, Nature Reserve & Walks: 10:30am - 5.00pm, last admission 4.00pm
alternate phone: 01439 771115
u003Cbu003ENOTE for 2013u003C/bu003E: The garden will occasionally close for private events and functions - please check events section on website to confirm the gardens are open

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring and Autumn

To see:

Foliage colours

Admission Prices

Adult, Gardens & parkland £5; Parkland only £3
Child (10-16), Garden & parkland £3; Parkland only £2
Over 60s, Garden & parkland £4.50; Parkland only £3
Groups (min. 15 visitors), Garden & parkland £4pp
Season tickets Adult £20, Family £12

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs are only allowed in parkland. See own website for Craft Fair dates and many other events, one or more every month.

Garden Features & Events

18th century landscaping. Ionic & Doric Temples. East Terrace. 19th century conservatory

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Black Swan, Helmsley


Star Inn, Harome

Inns & Pubs:

Feversham Arms, Helmsley

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Helmsley Rievaulx Abbey (English Heritage) Rievaulx Terrace (National Trust)

Description of Garden

The grass terraces of Duncombe and Rievaulx are unique, and perhaps the most spectacularly beautiful among English landscape conceptions of the 18th century (C. Hussey, English Gardens and Landscapes 1700 - 1750).

It is thought that the 35 acre (14 ha) gardens, which pre-date the era of 'Capability' Brown and Repton by some 60 years and comprise one of the finest Baroque landscapes in England, were completed between 1713 and 1730 to the designs of either Charles Bridgeman or Stephen Switzer, or both. The 'green' gardens were created within an ancient parkland on a virgin plateau 184 ft (56 m) above Helmsley Castle and the Arcadian valley of the River Rye, and were the incentive behind the choice of site for the Duncombes' Great House which was completed by 1718. Vast terraces with classical temples, woodland walks, parterres and a 'secret garden' may be explored in a tranquil setting. There are the occasional breathtaking views and all is within a National Nature Reserve. There may have been plans to link up with the later terrace created by the Duncombes above Rievaulx Abbey.

History Of Garden

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