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Helmsley North Yorkshire
Helmsley North Yorkshire - One of Yorkshire's most popular market towns. Helmsley is a small and friendly market town situated on the banks of the River Rye, from which Ryedale takes its name. The town has a characterful market place, historic architecture, a wide range of quality independent shops and an excellent selection of award-winning accommodation, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
The story of Helmsley, from the 12th century to the present day, is most clearly revealed in an exploration of its buildings. The castle, church, mansion house, hotels and cottages all have interesting features and tales to tell of life in former centuries. The large market square is filled with a busy street market every Friday and is the starting point of the Cleveland Way National Trail and the Ebor Way. Flanked by attractive shops, pubs and tearooms it's a lovely place to shop, especially on Friday when the large market square is filled with a busy street market.
There are many local activities and attractions - the town is overlooked by the 12th century ruins of Helmsley Castle with Tudor Manor in the care of English Heritage. The great estate of Duncombe Park, on the outskirts of the town, boasts a fine 18th century landscaped garden and parkland, designated as a National Nature Reserve ideal for walks and picnic sports. It's also home of the National Centre for Birds of Prey and Helmsley Walled Garden, which dates back to 1759. Helmsley has the area's only outdoor swimming pool, open June to September (weather permitting), the stunning All Saints' Church frescos dating back over 100 years and the thriving Helmsley Arts Centre for theatre, music, cinema, exhibitions and arts activities for all ages.
Renowned for the quality and variety of its independent shops, Helmsley is a fabulous food destination with tempting shops and delis, cosy coffee shops, welcoming pubs, fine dining and award-winning fish and chips, as well as a wide variety of fashion and jewellery shops. Expect personal service and a friendly welcome wherever you go - shopping as it should be!
An ideal day trip or weekend destination, with accommodation to suit every taste and budget; whatever the weather you're guaranteed a warm welcome in Helmsley.
A natural outcrop of rock to the west of the town provided a strategic position for the building of Helmsley Castle, a medieval ruin with Tudor manor built by Robert de Ros in the 12th century. From the footpath leading to the castle entrance you can see the half-ruined remains of the keep. For 500 years Helmsley castle was the fortified home of the lord of the manor of Helmsley. Helmsley castle is under the care of English Heritage and is open daily to visitors.
Duncombe Park Estate
The great estate of Duncombe Park lies on the outskirts of the town, and consists of one of the finest restored houses in Yorkshire. Surrounded by a vast landscaped green garden and parkland, much of which is designated a National Nature Reserve, the estate is well worth a visit. Details of access and times of admission are available from the Helmsley Castle Visitor Information Centre. The parkland is also now home to the International Centre for Birds of Prey and houses a large collection of exotic and spectacular birds of prey. The town is also the home of Helmsley walled garden originally built in 1758 to supply the Duncombe Estate with fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. It was abandoned in the 1970's until 1994 when extensive restoration was started to bring it back to life as a fully working kitchen garden. The garden is now open to the public and you are able to wander anywhere in the garden; visit the propagation house; discuss the plants with staff and volunteers and picnic on the lawn. It is home to an array of plants, from fruit and vegetables to rare old English roses, and lots of home made treats in its coffee shop.
The beck (stream) known as Borobeck runs its narrow course through the western edge of the town, partly underground, before it joins the river Rye near the bridge. Alongside Castlegate it provides a delightful rural scene and its banks are a yellow carpet of daffodils in spring.
Visit Helmsley Guide
Helmsley in Business have produced a nice guide to the town (Visit Helmsley) in an easy to download format and in addition the video below. View the video, download or pick up a copy of the Visit Helmsley leaflet locally and we'll look forward to seeing you in Helmsley. The leaflet is also published in Chinese and Dutch languages.
Helmsley in Business.