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.
22 April to 31 August, Sundays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).
Entrance just off Helmsley Market Square, signposted from the A170 Thirsk–Scarborough road.
Regular 31 & 31X bus service from York railway station to Helmsley Market Place (15 minutes walk to admissions at the Parkland Centre).
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.
- Guide dogs welcome
The National Centre for Birds of Prey (NCBP) is a new visitor attraction at the Duncombe Park.
We are open to visitors 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays) from 10am. We’re open every day from 28th January until 24th December.
Many of the birds take to the skies in our spectacular flying demonstrations or are part of important breeding projects. From the tiny terrestrial Burrowing Owl to the mighty and majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle the National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.
Two walks are available:
- Country Walk (2 miles)
- River Walk (2.5 miles)
Set in spectacularly beautiful 18th century landscaped gardens which overlook the Rye valley and the historic market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by 450 acres of historic rolling parkland, Duncombe Park offers a magical venue for a day to remember forever.
Arrive in style by car or carriage at the impressive West Front, and make a grand entrance up the main staircase, or be more relaxed and dress at your leisure in the Yellow Bedroom, before descending to receive family and friends in the magnificently restored state rooms below.
Exchange your vows in an atmosphere of warmth and timeless grandeur in the classical splendour of the Stone Hall, or for a smaller gathering chose the more intimate surroundings of the Ladies Withdrawing Room.
Celebrate afterwards with the lavish entertainments traditional to this historic setting. Drinks and croquet on the main East Lawn, with its breathtaking views over the Rye valley, provide a backdrop which is every photographer's dream.
Or wander along sweeping terraces while you admire the towering veteran trees and classical temples for which the garden is famous. Then back to the house for a sumptuous wedding breakfast served in the Saloon – a 90 foot long ballroom with oak-panelled walls, an ornate plasterwork ceiling, and richly gilded decorations, all overlooking the garden.
End your special day by dancing the night away in a stylish marquee.
Duncombe Park is delighted to now offer the Orangery at the ‘Secret Garden’ as a new venue for evening receptions – a beautifully secluded and romantic location deep in the heart of the garden.
Duncombe Park is available for exclusive hire - it will be your venue for the day - while our experienced and dedicated team will make sure every aspect of your day is not just special, but sublime.
All of our guests commented on what a beautiful venue it was, and many said that it was the best wedding that they had been to.
Duncombe Park is an established venue for corporate events, whether for meetings, briefings, or networking events.
The venue has extensive experience hosting automotive events, including product releases, press days, experience days and dealer-lead promotions.