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One captivating castle
Soaring above this tranquil town are the dramatic ruins of Helmsley Castle. With a 100 foot high tower and substantial medieval, Tudor and Victorian remains, it’s a history lover’s delight. There’s a brand new visitors’ centre and plenty of regular activities throughout school holidays – perfect if you’ve ever fancied training a falcon or shooting a longbow! Nestled by Helmsley Castle are the Helmsley Walled Gardens where five acres of walled gardens have been restored to its former glories which is well worth a wander (and a quick stop at the cafe too, of course!).
Walking through history
Just an arrow shot away from Helmsley stand the ruins of not one but two magnificent monasteries. Built over 800 years ago Byland Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey still evoke sense of wonder and are well worth a visit. Or why not head off on a pilgrimage of your own? Two long distance paths start from Helmsley – if you can ever bear to leave this beautiful market town of course!
Alternatively, enjoy the atmosphere of Nunnington Hall. This beautiful Yorkshire manor house is nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye. Explore the period rooms whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales and discover one of the world’s finest collections of minature rooms in the attic. Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Engage with the wildlife
The largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England and a major addition to Helmsley, the NCBP opened in 2013. Set in the heart of Duncombe Park just a short walk from Helmsley you will find eagles, vultures, hawks, falcons, owls and more.