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Helmsley

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Historic Sites · Wildlife Areas · Castles
Helmsley is a market town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the town is located at the point where Rye Dale leaves the moorland and joins the flat Vale of Pickering.It is situated on the River Rye on the A170 road, 14mi east of Thirsk, 13mi west of Pickering and some 24mi due north of York. The southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park passes through Helmsley along the A170 road so that the western part of the town is within the National Park.The settlement grew around its position at a road junction and river crossing point. Helmsley is a compact town, retaining its medieval layout around its market place with more recent development to the north and south of its main thoroughfare, Bondgate. It is a historic town of considerable architectural character whose centre has been designated as a conservation area. The town is associated with the Earls of Feversham, whose ancestral home Duncombe Park was built overlooking Helmsley Castle. A statue of William Duncombe, 2nd Baron Feversham stands in the town's square. The town is a popular tourist centre and has won gold medals in the Large Village category of Yorkshire in Bloom for three years. The town square is a meeting place for motorcyclists as it is at the end of the B1257 road from Stokesley, which is a favourite with bikers.
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National Centre for Birds of Prey ©
Wildlife Area
National Centre for Birds of Prey
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
Rievaulx Abbey ©
Historic Site
Rievaulx Abbey
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Helmsley Castle ©
Castle
Helmsley Castle
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Helmsley Walled Garden ©
Garden
Helmsley Walled Garden
4.0
Duration: 3 hours

Side trips from Helmsley

Lightwater Valley Theme Park ©
Theme Park
Lightwater Valley Theme Park North Stainley
3.2
Duration: 8 hours
Ripon Cathedral ©
Church
Ripon Cathedral Ripon
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
World of James Herriot ©
Specialty Museum
World of James Herriot Thirsk
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Nunnington Hall ©
Garden
Nunnington Hall Nunnington
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Helmsley

Helmsley All Saints Church ©
Religious Site
Helmsley All Saints Church
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Helmsley Tradititional Sweet Shop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Helmsley Tradititional Sweet Shop
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Duncombe Park ©
Park
Duncombe Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hunters of Helmsley ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Hunters of Helmsley
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Helmsley

National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace ©
Historic Site
National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Breweries & Distilleries in Helmsley

Helmsley Brewing Co ©
Brewery
Helmsley Brewing Co
3.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Spas in Helmsley

Verbena Spa
Spa
Verbena Spa
3.1
Duration: 2 hours
Helmsley Walled Garden ©
Garden
Helmsley Walled Garden
4.0
Duration: 3 hours
Farm Adventure Yorkshire ©
Outdoor Activity
Farm Adventure Yorkshire Masham
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Black Sheep Brewery ©
Brewery
The Black Sheep Brewery Masham
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk
Hiking Trail
Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk North Yorkshire
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

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