At Home in Helmsley

Well-known for its stunning historical architecture, Helmsley is a market town situated in the North York Moors National Park. From quaint tea rooms to the famous Helmsley Castle, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.
For the nature lovers, Helmsley is home to the popular National Centre for Birds of Prey. Featuring the largest collection in the north of England, it’s an attraction not to be missed by anyone with even a passing avian interest.
If you’re a fan of local flora, then take a stroll through the Helmsley Walled Gardens where you can relax amongst the tranquillity of its flowers and greenery.
Helmsley Castle is a popular historic attraction. Surrounded by picturesque banks and ditches, this visit is a must for countryside lovers, where you can find out about the history of Helmsley Castle and its relevance during the English Civil War. Visitors can also enjoy its brand-new visitors’ centre and the hands-on exhibition in the mansion range.
Looking for more historical monuments to explore? Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey were built over 800 years ago, and are situated near Helmsley. These magnificent ruins – ruined during Henry VIII’s Suppression of the Monasteries – are set in the heart of the countryside, with tours on offer for those who would like to learn more, and a café on site so that you can stop and have a cup of tea.
During the summer, the Ryedale Festival provides visitors with endless fun. Whether you’re interested in string instruments or crafts, there is a masterclass on offer for everyone to enjoy. Or, perhaps you’re a lover of gin – if this is the case, the ginilicious festival would be perfect for you. There is also a guided walk on offer if you wish to explore more of Helmsley. See here for more information on masterclass dates.
When you’re feeling a bit peckish, there are AA Rosette restaurants such as our very own Weathervane restaurant for you to indulge in. If perhaps, you’re looking for a light lunch ahead of an evening meal, there’s also an array of cafes to choose from, such as The Cocoa Tree, accessorised with country-themed decorations and dishes. For a delicious treat, you and a loved one can partake in an afternoon tea for two in one of the many tea rooms. Fancy taking home some of Helmsley’s finest foods? Visit the Hunters deli, where there’s a selection of tasty local treats.
Or if you’re feeling really indulgent, why not treat yourself to a massage at the Verbena spa to break up your stay? With our outdoor pool heated all year round, it’s something that our guests can enjoy whatever the time of year, but particularly during the summer months.
Scattered with unique boutique shops and galleries, you’ll never be short of something to do. Whether you choose to relax by the River Rye or get stuck in with one of the many visitor attractions, you can be assured that your experience in Helmsley will be unforgettable.

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