If there’s one thing that Yorkshire is famed for, it’s natural beauty. A county blessed with two national parks and steeped in endless countryside, it’s no wonder we regularly scream our home pride from the rooftops.
Capturing the essence of that beauty within four tall walls, Helmsley Walled Garden is a utopia for all things nature – with hundreds of colourful flowers to uncover as you turn each and every corner, providing the ultimate escapism.
Offering a dose of tranquillity for anyone in need of a breather, the vibrant garden – which dates back to 1758 – consists of five acres to discover, with hundreds of different plants and flowers calling the site home.
But its most spectacular feature is its bright yellow Laburnum arch, which transports visitors further into the gardens, opening up a whole new world of colour to see.
Looming over guests each and every spring, when the flower is in season, the beautiful archway makes for a unique photo opp – with its limited lifespan making it all the more special.
Blooming every spring until around early June, the archway pops up for a short time only, so those who want to witness it in all of its happy glory will need to plan their visit perfectly.
Many of the garden’s most technicolour arrangements naturally are best to see in May time, however, guests can enjoy perfectly arranged gardens of bright red tulips, colourful perennials, poppies and more as the different species come into bloom throughout the year.
So beautiful is the garden with its immaculate florals, Helmsley Walled Garden actually featured as a location in the latest remake of The Secret Garden, starring Colin Firth. The garden brought to life the fictional Secret Garden, with its golden arch rightfully making its Hollywood debut.
The garden can be found near Helmsley, on the Cleveland Way within the stunning North York Moors, and is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Find out more here.