Visit Helmsley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Helmsley, North Yorkshire. One of the North Riding's prettiest market towns, Helmsley lies in a hollow of the River Rye, an excellent entrance to Ryedale and the Yorkshire Moors. The view, dropping into it from the South, takes in the red-roofed houses, the spacious market square, the pinnacled church tower and the gaunt bones of Helmsley Castle. The square has a stately Victorian monument to the second Lord Feversham, a modest early-20th-century Town Hall and several inns, one of which, the Black Swan, spreads over two Georgian houses and an adjoining l6th-century timber-framed house. Off one corner is All Saints Church, rebuilt in the 1 860s. It keeps some features of its predecessors, including the Norman south doorway and chancel arch. Murals in the north aisle were completed in 1909 to picture the development of Christianity in the area with Helmsley as the tree from which branches grew. Canon's Garth nearby was built originally for priests of Kirkham appointed vicars here.
Helmsley Castle, just off the town centre, had a rather pacific history. It was started by Walter L'Espec in the 12th century but the oldest part of the ruins date from 1200 or later. The castle surrendered after a three-month siege in the Civil War in 1644, and was partly repaired. But when Sir Charles Duncombe, a London banker, bought Helmsley in 1689 he had Duncombe Park built by Sir John Vanbrugh and the castle fell into disuse. Duncombe Park is now a school and the castle is in the care of the Ministry of Public Building and Works. It is remarkable for its earthworks, the deep double ditch which surrounds the curtain wall, towers and keep. A domestic range of the 16th century has some oak panelling and plaster frieze work.
Nearby towns: Easingwold, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Pickering, Thirsk
Nearby villages: Amotherby, Ampleforth, Appleton-le-Moors, Bagby, Barton le Street, Boltby, Brandsby, Cold Kirby, Coulton, Cowesby, Coxwold, Crayke, Cropton, Easingwold, Feliskirk, Gillamoor, Gilling East, Great Edston, Great Habton, Harome, Hawnby, Hovingham, Husthwaite, Hutton le Hole, Kepwick, Kirby Knowle, Kirkbymoorside, Lastingham, Little Habton, Marton-in-the-Forest, Nawton, Old Byland, Osmotherley, Oswaldkirk, Oulston, Raskelf, Rievaulx, Rosedale, Rosedale Abbey, Salton, Scawton, Sessay, Sinnington, Slingsby, Stonegrave, Terrington, Thirkleby, Thirlby, Thormanby, Upsall, Wass, Welburn, Whenby
Have you decided to visit Helmsley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Helmsley bed and breakfast (a Helmsley B&B or Helmsley b and b)
- a Helmsley guesthouse
- a Helmsley hotel (or motel)
- a Helmsley self-catering establishment, or
- other Helmsley accommodation