Things to do in Helmsley

There are lots of wonderful things to do in Helmsley. It’s a gorgeous market town full of history and exciting activities for families, and for couples looking for a romantic get-away.

Check out some of our favourite things to do in Helmsley and start planning your trip today.

Visit Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle has stood watching over the town for over 900 years. Take a wander round the ruins of the castle and house and find out about the impressive transformation the medieval fortress has taken throughout the years.

Helmsley walled gardenImage credit: Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Set in five acres, Helmsley Walled Garden is a must for anyone with a budding interest in horticulture. The garden has been in constant development since its restoration in 1994 and is full of beauty. Take a leisurely wander around the garden before treating yourself to something in the Vine House Café and shop.

 Delicious foods and independent shops

Helmsley boasts some fantastic independent shops and eateries for you to enjoy. Spend some time wandering around the town, nipping in and out of the wonderful stores and treat yourself to an item or two. Then, grab a delicious meal in one of the wonderful restaurants and cafes, or grab a Yorkshire treat to go from the bakeries.

Explore Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Enjoy the dramatic views over North Yorkshire from the top of Sutton Bank National Park Centre, and see the sight named the ‘finest in England’ by our local hero, James Herriot. Visit the centre to learn more about the area, and hire a bike to blow away your cobwebs. It’s also an official Dark Sky Discovery site, so is great for star gazing.

bird of prey at the Helmsley National Bird of Prey Centre

National Bird of Prey Centre

Get up close and personal with birds of prey in the magnificent National Bird of Prey Centre at Duncombe Park. Birds are flown in three separate showings each day for you to see these wonderful creatures doing what they do best. You’ll see eagles, vultures, owls, falcons and hawks.

Helmsley Open Air Pool

Make a splash in the Helmsley open air swimming pool – the only one of its kind in North Yorkshire. The charity run pool offers affordable fun for the whole family with their ‘fun session’ swimming times. They also have adult only sessions for those who are after a more serene swim.

Visit Rievaulx Abbey

There’s a stunning walk you can take from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey, an impressive remain of a Cistercian Monastery. Learn about the dramatic rise and fall of the Cistercian worship in the North East, enjoy their brand new visitor experience and sample some local foods in the café.

Helmsley Arts Centre and Cinema

Soak up some culture at the Helmsley Arts Centre and Cinema. They show a wide range of films and theatre screenings for you to enjoy, as well as regularly hosting their own fun events and exciting activities.

There are so many fun things to do in Helmsley, you’ll not be able to get them all done in one day. Why not extend your trip and book yourself a night or two in some of the wonderful accommodation on offer in this lovely town?