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The picturesque, bustling  market town of Helmsley is situated on the banks of the River Rye, from which Ryedale takes its name, and on the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park .The large central square is home to a busy market and an antiques fair (Town Hall) on Fridays. 


Helmsley is an ideal base for a holiday in one of England's most magificent landscapes. The town itself, and the surrounding countryside,provide innumerable attractions for all age groups.


 Within the town  these incude


  •  the 12th century ruins of Helmsley Castle with Tudor Manor www.english-heritage.org.uk
    restored walled garden www.ryedale.co.uk/index2.html 
  • open air heated swimming pool
  • Duncombe Park lies on the outskirts of the town,  one of the finest restored houses in Yorkshire, surrounded by  landscaped garden and parkland www.duncombepark.com
  • The National Centre for Birds of Prey,  www.ncbp.co.uk, is situated within the grounds of Duncombe Park
  • Helmsley Arts Centre www.helmsleyarts.co.uk
  • a wide range of  restaurants, tea shops and cafes to suit all tastes and pockets, including two 4* hotels,and Italian, traditional English and Indian restaurants
  • great shopping to cater for all needs including a small department store, two supermarket  and many individual, independent clothing, household, antiques,stationers, books, award-wining delicatessens  and other food outlets.
  • Helmsley  Town Hall and library , which also hosts regular antique and handicraft fairs


 The magnificent countryside and coastal landscape of the North York Moors are a year round draw  for walkers and nature lovers. Helmsley is the starting point of the Cleveland Way National Trail and the Ebor Way. More information can be found at https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk.  

Do look on the website for the  weekly car parking passes that can make life so much easier if you are exploring the National Park area. These cover all of the National Park Authority  car parks and cost £22.50 for 7 days from the date of issue. You can buy them from The Moors National Park Centre, Sutton Bank National Park Centre and the National Park Office in Helmsley. Alternatively contact Julia Jewitt on 01439 772700 and pay over the telephone.


Within easy access of Helmsley are a wide variety of attractions for children and adults alike, including


  • the beach resorts of the North Yorkshire coast such as Whitby and Scarborough and the picturesque fishing village at Robin Hood's Bay( all less than an hour's drive)
    beautiful villages such as Thornton-le-Dale, Hutton-le-Hole and Rosedale Abbey  (all within 30 minutes)
  • the restored steam railway running through The Moors from Pickering to Whitby www.nymr.co.uk  (20 minutes )
  • Flamingo Land, the renowned theme park with amazing white-knuckle rides and zoo http://www.flamingoland.co.uk (25 minutes)
  • Eden Camp a Second World War  history museum set in an ex-prisonor-of -war camp  www.edencamp.co.uk (30 minutes)
  •  Goathland, the Moors village setting for the popular TV series Heartbeat (40 minutes drive)
  • Castle Howard , the setting for the Brideshead Revisited TV drama series www.castlehoward.co.uk (20 minutes )
  • The Star Inn,  a Michelin-starred restaurant at the nearby village of Harome www.thestaratharome.co.uk (5 minutes drive)


For more general information about Helmsley and the North York Moors, please visit




www.visitryedale.co.uk Visit Ryedale North Yorkshire - the official website for visitors and residents of Helmsley, Malton & Norton, Kirbymoorside and Pickering in North Yorkshire, UK.