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Helmsley Castle

Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB, UK

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About Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle is an imposing 12th-century castle overlooking the market town of Helmsley, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park. The castle was built sometime after 1120 by Walter Espec, who was also responsible for founding nearby Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Priory. It is positioned on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Rye. Featuring double ditches surrounding a rectangular inner bailey, the castle bears little resemblance to the motte and bailey castles built at the t



Attractions near Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Walled Garden0.18km from Helmsley Castle

This historic 5-acre walled garden has vibrant displays of flowers, fruit, and vegetables growing throughout the season. It was the Kitchen Garden of Duncombe Park until just after World War 1 when it was leased as a market garden. There are Victorian glasshouses, fruit trees, vines, a peony garden, a dipping pond, and over 250 varieties of clematis.

Duncombe Park0.93km from Helmsley Castle

Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire's finest historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family. It has an Ionic Temple, by Vanbrugh, at its north end and a Tuscan Temple at its south end. There is a Father Time sundial by van Nost. Barry's forecourt pavilions enclose Italianate nineteenth century parterres.

National Trust - Rievaulx Terrace3.4km from Helmsley Castle

Rievaulx Terrace is a site located in the North York Moors National Park, in North Yorkshire, England, overlooking Rievaulx Abbey and owned by the National Trust. The site is a grass-covered terrace following a serpentine course across the side of a wooded escarpment overlooking the ruins of the abbey. At either end of the terrace stand two mid-18th century follies: small Palladian temples.

Rievaulx Abbey3.73km from Helmsley Castle

Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice for a peaceful day out, with its extensive ruins and fascinating museum in a secluded North York Moors valley. The monastery was suppressed in 1538, but the spectacular abbey ruins became a popular subject for Romantic artists in the 18th and 19th centuries. The indoor museum has recently been transformed, featuring previously unseen artifacts, which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the Cistercian abbey, while a new viewing window invites the a

National Trust - Nunnington Hall7.23km from Helmsley Castle

Nunnington Hall is a country house situated in the English county of North Yorkshire. The river Rye, which gives its name to the local area, Ryedale, runs past the house, flowing away from the village of Nunnington. A stone bridge over the river separates the grounds of the house from the village. Above, a ridge known as Caulkley's Bank lies between Nunnington and the Vale of York to the south.

Byland Abbey7.87km from Helmsley Castle

Byland Abbey is a ruined abbey and a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, in the North York Moors National Park. It was founded as a Savigniac abbey in January 1135 and was absorbed by the Cistercian order in 1147. The site is now maintained by English Heritage and is scheduled as an ancient monument by Historic England with grade I listed status.

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North Yorkshire is the largest non-metropolitan county and lieutenancy area in England, covering an area of 8,654 square kilometres . Around 40% of the county is covered by national parks, including most of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.