Duncombe Park

Stately mansion in important park, scattered with Classical temples and follies.

Helmsley, York, YO62 5EB

Duncombe Park
Free for members
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Duncombe Park has sweeping grass terraces, towering veteran trees, and classical temples.

It has been 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 parkland extend to 103 ha, and are designated a National Nature Reserve for the rare insects and fungi which thrive on the dead and dying limbs of ancient trees.

The house is closed to the public, but hosts weddings and events, while Duncombe Park is a home to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, an award-winning visitor attraction which houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.

Opening Times


Easter to 31 August: Sundays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Closed on Saturdays.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.

Adult: £5

Child: £3

  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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