Day out in Helmsley – Just one of North Yorkshires treasures!

Day out in Helmsley – Just one of North Yorkshires treasures!

Day Out in Helmsley – Just one of North Yorkshires treasures!

helmsley stroll

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!

helmsley village
helmsley car

Helmsley Offering

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 carriage ride

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.

helmsley castle ruins
helmsley castle back

Helmsley Castle

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.

helmsley castle tower
helmsley castle walls
castle moss
castle window
castle helmsley

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!

castle field

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!

church helmsley
helmsley inside church

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.


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  1. Reply

    Wow! What amazing pictures! I’ve never been to England before, though it is definitely a place that I’ve wanted to visit. Of course, I’ve always naturally thought of London as the go to place, but Helmsley is definitely a place that I’ll have to consider. Those pictures of the old castles and churches are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 25, 2016

      Thank you Krishna!

  2. Reply

    Love this! I haven’t been to England yet but it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’m fascinated by castles – so much history in those structures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Reply

    Oh my gosh! The castle looks divine. A lot of people forget to mention architecture when recommending the UK. These images are really making me really miss it.

  4. Reply

    Oh wow! What a beautiful little place! I love your pictures as well. Clearly I need to explore more of England next time!

  5. Reply

    What a cute little castle. Looks like the perfect location for a high fashion photo shoot or maybe a movie set? Very cool.

  6. Reply

    I’m glad you found these places easy to do on public transport; I always find anywhere in UK outside of the big cities a nightmare. I don’t drive and it’s one of the things that puts me off travelling.
    You got some great photos of the castle and the church. It looks very quaint and old English.

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    It’s so old I love it!!! When a country has great public transportation, it goes a step above in my book. The best part of traveling is when it’s easy to get somewhere!

  8. Reply

    I learn so much from other bloggers and this one is fantastic! Love all the photos to go along with the wealth of information.

  9. Reply

    Such beautiful buildings! I love the stone houses, stone garden walls, stone castles… I’ve been to see one stone castle in the US and it was just a tiny little thing compared to what I see in pictures from Europe. Maybe someday I’ll make it to Great Britain. If I ever travel internationally, that’s really the only place I’d like to go!

  10. Reply

    I can see myself drinking a tea and riding around the village in the carriage with my love. Those little towns in England always look so cute and gothic at the same time. It would be great to visit for a day!

  11. Reply

    Wow, this looks like such a beautiful part of England. I have herd that York is one of the most beautiful cities in England so it is high on my list of places to visit. I would love to visit Helmsley Castle, I love crumbling castles, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    The only place I’ve been to in England is London. Maybe its time I got out there and explored more. I love architecture and medieval style villages and this looks like a treat to my eyes! I would definitely consider visit Helmsley the next time I’m there.

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    I’ve been to the UK but only to London and Bath. I’d love to explore more of the further out towns and villages. Helmsley looks like it would be a lovely place to spend a long weekend exploring castles and lounging in tea shops!

  14. Reply

    Holy potato those views are amazing! Wow, I love how they have saved the old architecture.

  15. Reply

    I have never been to Helmsley, but can’t imagine it’s that far for me to drive to. I love castles too, think I need to take a trip and visit. Looks like a beautiful village too 🙂

  16. Reply

    I love it that the public transportation is very accessible. That’s so handy. I love visiting castles and I’ll add the Helmsley castle to my list of castles to visit. It looks great. Interesting that it was Originally built in wood!

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    I’ve always wanted to visit Yorkshire, mostly to see (and roam) the moors, but this village looks idyllic like so many cute little English villages. I absolutely love walking on a wet day past green scenery and crumbling old churches, nostalgic yet peaceful and lovely cemetaries and castles. Ducking into a pub for a glass of house wine or a hot toddy is another of my favorite thing to do on a crisp Fall day in jolly old England. I miss it!

  18. Reply

    England is beautiful no matter how much we complain about politics and the weather! The castle looks great 😊

  19. Reply

    What a nice historic place! Would love to take a walk there. Great pictures and thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Reply

    I have never been to North Yorkshires and after your article I will definitely make my way there very soon! Greetings from London 😀

  21. Reply

    Never been traveling England beyong a daytrip to London unfortunately, but this just adds another cool place to go. Love the posts actually combining some good to knows and history with personal experience – thanks for the share 🙂

  22. Reply

    This city looks like taken straight out of a fairy tale book! I love the old brick buildings and the cobblestone streets. I would love to explore it someday!

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  23. I really loved that architecture, and those horses on that other pic WOW! It is so nice to find smaller villages that can offer that much!

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    I love northern England! Well, I actually love all of the UK. When we were in Scotland earlier this year for three months I made a point to travel by train as much as possible. I love that you can get everywhere by train and bus, it’s so convenient! Gorgeous photos of the castle, I really miss the grand castles and ruins that the UK has to offer!

    • Sheena
    • November 3, 2016

    York looks like the quintessential English village! I’ve been reading a lot about it lately, I always love to see photos of its churches, architecture & countryside. Helmsley Castle in particular looks stunning. Is there an entrance fee or is it free?

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    Reading through your post and looking at the photos, I felt like I was traveling back in time. The place still retains its old world charm. The horse carriage takes you back in time when life must have been a far cry from the mad rat race that is today. A time to leisurely cruise through life.

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    Looks like an adorable, proper English town! I’ve never been to the UK, but am making note of all these little side trips in the event I do 🙂

  27. This looks so quaint and picturesque! Thanks for sharing as I had never heard of North Yorkshire before.

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    Helmsley sounds like a fantastic gem in the British countryside – I love visiting the UK, and try and jump on a bus or train to discover different parts of the country each time we go. Will add Helmsley to the list!

    • Carol Colborn
    • November 6, 2016

    I miss England now. My daughter lived in Newcastle for 3 years and I got to visit a lot of these villages up north. Too bad it didn’t include York and Helmsley. Guess I have to plan on going back even if my daughter is no longer there!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • November 7, 2016

      You should come for a visit!

  29. Reply

    What a beautiful slice of English countryside! I’ve never been to Yorkshire but I love how it looks like it’s straight out of a history book.

  30. Reply

    I haven’t explored the countryside of England at all. I am happy to read that it is easily acceptable by public transit. These Yorkshire treasures have definitely inspired me to include a castle jaunt next time I visit.

  31. Reply

    Helmsley looks and sounds beautiful. I had no idea there was so much – I appreciate your tips on what to do during a follow-up visit.

  32. Reply

    Helmsley looks like such a charming village! I keep wanting to go back and explore more of northern England. The castle and church look really cool and I can’t wait to read about the Helmsley Archaeology Store. To be able to hold artifacts will be really awesome!

  33. Reply

    Lived in London but haven’t explored North Yorkshire! The ruins are unreal! Should have taken a road trip down during summer, or even winter for the atmosphere, next time!

  34. Reply

    Sounds like an amazing place for a perfect day out! I’ll visit sometime.

    • Tay
    • November 12, 2016

    Lovely photos, especially of the architecture! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  35. Reply

    Wow! I don’t know about you but I find this place really romantic 🙂 Looks like the setting in Tangled Ever After 🙂

  36. Reply

    This place has lots to offer. We love to discover amazing places like this 🙂 We’d like to visit the Helmsley Castle, looks so beautiful!!!

    • blair villanueva
    • November 18, 2016

    This place is very dreamy for me. I think I find it too laidback in a most beautiful way, no stress at all and perfect vacation.

  37. Reply

    How very English looking and sounding! ! Little traditional rooms and art galleries sounds like the perfect quiet relaxing weekend away. Ree Love30

  38. Reply

    What a cute little village! The castle looks amazing, would love to visit. I’d love to explore more of North Yorkshire.

    • Indrani
    • November 23, 2016

    I love ruins and this does look my kind of place.
    Lots to explore and learn from its history. Hope I will make it there some day!
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    This looks so much British, seriously, i have to say that. I personally love a lot the British countryside, unfortunately I havent seen that much yet. I am a big fan of old ruins and abandoned houses and it seems like there is a lot to see of such things. The Church of All Saint’s looks most interesting to me, great pics!
    Happy new Year and thanks for sharing 🙂

  40. Reply

    What a fantastic town! I LOVE history so I’d love exploring this area.
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  41. Reply

    straight out of a fairy tale! <3

  42. Reply

    I love old buildings and have a bucket list full of castles I’d like to see someday. Thanks for adding a new one to my list – and for sharing beautiful photos as well!
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    • Joaquim Miro
    • January 2, 2017

    WOW! I haven’t yet seen a castle like that so can’t wait to do so. Are there a lot like that?

  43. Reply

    Oh my gosh that place looks like such a cute place to go to!
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  44. Reply

    Lovely stuff! I’m from the UK and went to university in Yorkshire so know the area well! Glad you had fun 🙂

  45. Reply

    Woo! I’m from the UK and I went to uni in Yorkshire so I know the area well! Glad you enjoyed yourselves! 🙂
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  46. Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos! Helmsley looks so quaint so quaint and straight out of a Jane Austen novel. I’d love to spend a day exploring!

  47. Reply

    Its like something out of a fairytale. I would love to visit the castles, such a magical experience.
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    Hemsley is so quaint and lovely. The castle’s long history is amazing. And it’s semi-ruin appearance is so haunting and beautiful.
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  49. Very beautiful pictures. Makes me want to travel more of the world.
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    • Anne
    • January 3, 2017

    Helmsley looks so beautiful. And that small castle is so fascinating. I can see the highlights of history in those structures. Wonderful pictures!
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    • Elizabeth O.
    • January 3, 2017

    There’s really nothing better than going to places like this! I love the country feel, it’s laid back and it’s also like traveling to the past!

  50. Reply

    What a cool trip! Loved reading the walkthrough. Looks like you got to see some great stuff. Loved that church!
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    Helmsley looks like an interesting village. I’ve only been to London but am hoping to see more of England when I go back later this year.
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    Each photo speaks 1000 words.
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  53. Reply

    Cool place! Instagram-worthy! I wish I could visit one day 😀

  54. Reply

    Everything looks like a scene from a movie. North Yorkshire is beautiful! I’d take tons and bazillions of photos if I’m there 🙂

    Now, I must include England my list of places to visit before I get married.
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    • TColeman
    • January 4, 2017

    I have always wanted to visit this this part of the world. It looks absolutely beautiful and quaint.

    • katrina gehman
    • January 4, 2017

    those look really cool. i love castles and would love to visit some day.

  55. Reply

    Beautiful pictures and I love the commentary. I watch a lot of old movies and castles peak my interest. As I plan more travel in my future, this would be a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  56. Reply

    I’m keeping this place in mind for our visit back to the UK this year! I absolutely adore places like this! So lovely.

  57. Reply

    oh wow this place looks and sounds amazing and would be ideal for me right now to de-stress
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    What a cute little town in England! We’ve been to a lot of places in England, but we’ve not explored this area before. Maybe we will be able to get to this bit before we leave!
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  59. Gorgeous photos! Your blogs are always making me jealous :). I want to travel all the time. I used to when I was a kid. Now because of work and other commitments, I travel once a year! The photos on this blog are amazing and they are making me want to plan my next trip out! It’s such a cute little town in England. I have only being to London and Heathrow in the UK!
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    I’ve never heard of Hemsley but it looks beautiful. Totally a place I would love to explore.

    • Kait
    • January 5, 2017

    Such beautiful photos! I would love to visit there some day.
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    I would love to see these in person.
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  62. Reply

    Such beautiful sights in England! I’d love to visit someday!

  63. Reply

    The castle looked so amazing! I love the photography.

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    • Snigdha
    • January 7, 2017

    Great post. I’ve been to Yorkshires but never had such a detailed travel. Thanks for sharing. I’ll make sure I’ll revisit and make it to the missed places.

  64. Looks beautiful! I always wanted to explore more of England and go around the country. I have only been in few places and enjoyed it a lot. This looks like a place with a lot of history and old atmosphere which I love!

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    I find the English countryside very interesting and it is one of the places I would like to see. I love the castles, the old churches. I like your photo with the carriage!
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    • Munchkin Treks
    • January 9, 2017

    Helmsley Castle looks like a fantastic place to visit. I also enjoyed reading about Helmsley, which sounds like a charming village. I love the rich historical details in your post.

  66. Reply

    Looks like a magical place so beautiful and peaceful I want to live here 🙂 !!!! Fantastic !
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