As the evenings are drawing in and the leaves are turning a crisp golden colour, we know that Autumn is here. But when there is somewhere warm and cosy with amazing interiors to retreat to, we don’t mind that the colder seasons are on the way!

Day 8 of our Autumn Adventures

Across the ever-changing colourful Yorkshire Moors is the beautiful market town of Helmsley, which has plenty to offer all its visitors. It is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, and only a thirty-minute drive over from the Yorkshire Dales.

Helmsley has attractions to appeal to the whole family. From a 900 year old castle and a 250 year old Walled Garden to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, with its daily flying demonstrations, you can always find something new to explore or see. The unique Helmsley Arts Centre offers theatre, music, dance, talks, cinema, activities and exhibitions – enough to keep anyone busy!

Is Helmsley worth visiting?

Hemlsley is a popular town with many lovely spots to enjoy, from the interesting local shops, galleries and boutiques to wonderful food in the mouth-watering eateries as well as the towns very own brewery. We suggest popping in for a glass of rosé and a slice of homemade cake at Mannions. Fine dining, cosy cafes, a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire, tempting ice creams and gelato, award-winning fish and chips – whatever tickles your taste buds, you’ll find it here.

Take a short scenic walk from Helmsley Castle to the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries, Rievaulx Abbey. Learn about its fascinating past and past residents at the new visitor experience centre.


What’s in the area?

If you fancy spending a few more hours in Helmsley, only a short drive away from Helmsley town centre is Hutton le Hole, one of the National Parks most picturesque villages. Park at The Crown Pub and head off on a 4-mile walking adventure through quiet fields and country lanes. The moorland tracks take you to the pretty village of Lastingham, whose ancient church, St Mary’s, features an atmospheric Norman crypt.


When you get back, explore the Ryedale Folk Museum or there is always something to see at the Craft Workshops. Or simply retire with a local ale in front of the roaring fire at the pub.

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