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Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

The Basics

Stroll around town, venture out into nature, or both. After a hike in the national park, stop by Helmsley for a hearty lunch, then discover the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, relax in Duncombe Park, or embark on the Cleveland Way National Trail. While you can explore Helmsley and many of its attractions independently, you may prefer to make the most of limited time in the region by joining a comprehensive guided 1-day tour.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ruined abbeys and the medieval Helmsley Castle will interest history buffs.

  • The National Centre for Birds of Prey, in Duncombe Park, is a must-visit for animal lovers.

  • Yorkshire weather is unpredictable—pack an extra jacket or umbrella.

  • Cobblestone streets and centuries-old attractions may make accessibility challenging for travelers with mobility issues.

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How to Get There

Helmsley is well-connected with several larger North Yorkshire destinations, including York, which is 25 miles (40 kilometers) south. The closest train station is in Malton—from there, take a 25-minute taxi ride to Helmsley. To save time, visit Helmsley as part of a hassle-free day tour that includes round-trip transportation.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

To increase your chances of a sunny day in Helmsley, visit in the summer. However, most of Helmsley’s attractions are open and accessible year-round, and the North York Moors National Park lends itself to brisk winter walks.

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Natural Attractions in and Around Helmsley

With its advantageous position on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley offers plenty of opportunities for active travelers. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region via hikes, guided walks, and bike rides. If you’d rather stay in the town itself, both the walled garden and Duncombe Park are appealing options, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

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