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Castle, £3.10-£5.20

ENGLISH HERITAGE, YORK PASS

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Details

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history. The first castle at Helmsley was built in the early twelfth century by Walter Espec - 'Walter the Woodpecker', who also founded nearby Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Priory.

Modernised by Robert de Roos and his descendants, and converted into living quarters and a luxurious mansion by the Manners family, the castle faced its greatest challenge in the Civil War period. Held for King Charles, Helmsley endured a three month siege before Cromwell's men blew up the Great Keep, slicing it in half with the explosion.

Helmsley Castle has recently undergone a thorough makeover by English Heritage, making it more accessible to a wide range of visitors. Its fascinating story is told through a brand-new visitor centre, and an imaginative hands-on exhibition in the mansion range, which explores the social and domestic, as well as the military, aspects of the fortress.

The towering, shattered keep and fearsome earthworks continue to fire the imaginations of visitors to the site, making Helmsley Castle the perfect location to learn more about the dramatic history of this region.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Family friendly activities and resources.

Opening details

Please see website for further details.

Prices

Adult £5.20, Concession £4.70, Child £3.10, Family £13.50
English Heritage Members Free

Contact

Visitor Operations Team

01439 770442

Address

Castlegate,
Helmsley,
York,
YO62 5AB

Location

Directions

See location of Helmsley Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 612837  Lat: 54.24534 Long: -1.06232

In Helmsley town centre, off the A170. Follow the signs to the main car park.

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Family friendly activities and resources.

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