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Helmsley, England, United Kingdom
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About Helmsley

Forming part of North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a charming town on the banks of the River Rye. The area has been inhabited by farming communities since the Neolithic period and many of its street names are inspired by Viking Old Norse. Helmsley serves as the starting point of the Cleveland Way, 177-kilometre-long walking route that extends to the Brigg at Filey.

Things to do in Helmsley

One of Helmsley’s most important religious landmarks is the Church of All Saints, a Grade II-listed building that dates back to the 12th century. Originally built in a Norman style, it was restored in the 19th century with a Gothic Revival aesthetic. In addition to its beautiful stained glass windows, it features paintings of Saint Oswald and a knight slaying a dragon.

Now largely in ruins, Helmsley Castle has watched over the town for the last 900 years. Pick up an audio guide to learn how it transformed from a medieval fortress to a Tudor mansion and later served as a stronghold during the English Civil War. Hands-on exhibits bring the castle’s history to life, together with a model illustrating how it once looked.

Located within Duncombe Park is the National Centre for Birds of Prey, where you can observe hawks and eagle owls showing off their impressive flight skills. Two marked walking trails weave through the surrounding woodlands while the gift shop is well-stocked with bird-themed souvenirs. Winter Owl Evenings offer unique, after-dark encounters with these nocturnal birds.

Getting around Helmsley

Helmsley is around 40 minutes’ drive from York and just over an hour from Leeds. Leeds Bradford Airport is an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to Helmsley and the town is small enough to explore on foot.

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  • What are the best hotels in Helmsley?

    Cliff Stud Retreat - Luxury lodges and cosy cottages (9.6/10 from 25 reviews), Host & Stay - Willow Cottage (8.9/10 from 61 reviews), and The Old Post Office - central Helmsley with parking (9.0/10 from 18 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Helmsley.

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