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Helmsley Castle


Helmsley Castle is an imposing historical site with a wealth of history, towering over the charming market town


Educational resources available

Family learning resources available



Summer events - falconry, knight school, players and peasants


Audio tours


Gift shop

Parking (large car park adjacent to castle, charge payable)

Toilets (in car park and town centre)

Dogs allowed on leads

Suitable for people with disabilities

Walter 'The Woodpecker' Espec built the first castle at Helmsley in the early twelfth Century he also founded Kirkham Priory and Rievaulx Abbey, which both lie nearby. Added to by successive generations, the castle was remodelled into a luxurious manor house during the Elizabethan period.

The interesting story of Helmsley Castle is told through an imaginative hands-on exhibition in the mansion range, exploring the domestic and social aspects of the fortress, as well as the military. The fearsome earthworks and towering keep continue to fuel the imaginations of visitors to the site. Helmsley Castle is the ideal location to learn more about the fascinating history of the region.

Look out for our medieval summer of events: a knight school for budding heroes, falconry, players and peasants! For the latest details, please visit our website.

Adult:                              £4.00

Child:                              £2.00

Concession:                 £3.20

Family ticket (2+2):    £10.00

English Heritage member: Free

Group Discounts:

15% discount for groups of 11 or more plus a free place for every additional 20 paying passengers. Free entry for coach driver and tour leader

21 Mar - 30 Sep

10am-6pm 7 days a week

1-31 Oct

10am-5pm 7 days a week

1 Nov - 28 Feb

10am-4pm Mon & Thurs-Sun

1-31 Mar

10am-5pm 7 days a week

24-26 Dec & 1 Jan



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