Day Out in Helmsley – Just one of North Yorkshires treasures!
North Yorkshire is the largest county in England and spans an area of 8,654 square kilometres. York being it’s largest and most visited city. All through the countryside North Yorkshire is plentiful in charming villages. they are truly the treasures of the area that doesn’t get much attention. Helmsley is one of those such villages that is worth a visit when you’re in North Yorkshire.
One of the nice perks about England is that you can get virtually anywhere by bus or by train. Even the farther out villages. If you’re traveling from York you can reach Hemsley by bus. You can also get the bus to Easingwold, Thrisk and Crayke and more. If seaside is more your style Bridlington, Scarborough and Hull are only a short train ride away!
You can even get to Southern England with a short train ride. So many beautiful places to see, such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, Stonehenge in Amesbury and the beautiful Jurassic Coast along Dorset and East Devon!
With so many wonderful places to see here in North Yorkshire. We start our journey off with a beautiful sunny day in Helmsley! I say a day, but we got a bit of a late start so it was more like a half a day. We didn’t really get to see as much as Helmsley has to offer. But intend to make a trip back to fill it all in!
There is so much to do in Helmsley. This particular village is loaded with quaint little tea rooms and art galleries! There is also an abundance of shops and eateries! Helmsley has something for everyone, with the main attractions being the Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Arts Centre, National Centre for Birds of Prey and the Walled Gardens.
Helmsley architecture and market square still maintains its medieval layout. There is so much rich history in this quaint town with the most significant being the Ruin of the Norman Castle. Which is one of the sites we just had to see.
The Castle was originally built in wood and then later rebuilt in stone starting in 1186. Renovations and additions occurred up until about 1316 Helmsley Castle has seen many Kings, Earls and Dukes throughout history. It had been occupied by one or another up until about 1644 when parliament ordered it to be destroyed during the English Civil War. The Castle was left in its decay and has since been put in the care of The English Heritage Society.
There are so Many great Castles to see in North Yorkshire and Helmsley Castle is just the start of my obsession! Looking forward to Howard Castle, Skipton Castle, Leeds Castle and More!
Church of All Saint's, Helmsley
Another treasure that I enjoyed strolling through the graveyards at the Church of All Saint’s Helmsley. I don’t know why but I’m fascinated by walking through and reading all the headstones. You can clearly see the years of the plagues and black death as so many family plots and people passed on so young. The church itself was designed in the Norman medieval architecture and is a site to marvel at. From a distance if you didn’t know it’s tower looks like a Castle!
All good things must come to an end. And that concluded our short day in Helmsley, but I am looking forward to returning soon. On the top of my list is to visit the Helmsley Archaeology Store. It’s not actually a store as in shopping. It’s a guided tour where you can learn about and view the archaeological collection from the English Heritage properties of Helmsley and surrounding villages. They also offer an opportunity to handle some of the artefacts.