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!
Enjoy a spot of shopping in the interesting local shops, galleries and boutiques before enjoying some food in any of the mouth-watering eateries and a local ale in 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.
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.