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Helmsley is situated on the bank of the River Rye lying on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park. First recorded in 1086 as a village with three manors, Helmsley is now one of the most popular of Yorkshire’s market towns. Helmsley Ca

Helmsley Church

Helmsley Church

(credit Chris J. Parker)


One of Yorkshire's most popular market towns, Helmsley is situated in the North York Moors National Park with 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 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. The square is flanked by attractive boutiques, gift shops, pubs and tearooms.

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 lies on the outskirts of the town and consists of an 18th century landscaped green garden and parkland, much of which is designated a National Nature Reserve ideal for walks and picnic spots. Helmsley Walled Gardens (dating back to 1759) and the International Centre for Birds of Prey also lie within close proximately of Duncombe Park. Helmsley boasts an outdoor swimming pool, open June – September (weather permitting), the stunning All Saints' Church frescos which date back more than 100 years and the thriving Helmsley Arts Centre for theatre, music, cinema and arts activities for all ages.

Helmsley hosts major events all year round, from the Helmsley Festival of Writing, Galtres Parklands Festival and Traction Engine Rally to the Duncombe Park Country Fair, MAG Weekend, and the dazzling Christmas Tree Festival.

Helmsley is a great food destination with tempting shops and delis, cosy coffee shops, welcoming pubs, fine dining and award-winning fish and chips. Alongside the food offer, there are a wide range of quality, independent shops with personal service and a friendly welcome – shopping as it should be!

Helmsley is that ideal day trip or weekend destination, with accommodation to suit every taste and budget and knowing that whatever the weather you’re guaranteed a warm welcome in Helmsley.

Events at this Venue

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Sat 2 - Mon 18 Dec Helmsley's Christmas Tree Festival



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Map reference: SE 612838  Lat: 54.24626 Long: -1.06138


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