Cheap Hotels in Helmsley
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Hotels in Helmsley
A market town since the 12th century, Helmsley lies on the southern fringes of the North York Moors National Park. Book a Helmsley hotel with us and discover this charming and very attractive hamlet that lies amid spectacular countryside.
Nearly 900 years old, Helmsley Castle is what remains of a medieval stronghold that overlooks the town. These impressive ruins include a large museum where you can learn about the castle's evolution from firstly, an imposing fortress, then a Tudor mansion, next a fort of the Civil War and, latterly, a Victorian ruin. In the shadow of the castle sit five acres of walled gardens which were created a quarter of a century ago and are still providing floral beauty to this day.
A mile south-west of Helmsley lies a splendid Grade II listed stately home which was completed in 1713. The house sits within the expansive grounds of Duncombe Park, from which lead a variety of countryside walks. One of the trails takes you back to Helmsley via a very scenic route. Among the park's main attractions is the International Centre for Birds, which opened in 2013 and holds the largest collection of birds of prey in the North. See how predatory birds such as falcons, eagles and owls are trained. And watch regularly held flying demonstrations. It's clear that the handlers adore their feathered friends and they're extremely knowledgeable about them too.
Journey a little deeper into North Yorks Moor National Park to find spectacular Rievaulx Abbey, which lies in the Rye Valley. Built around 1130, this was one of the first Cistercian abbeys but fell into disrepair in the early 16th century. However, the spiritual ruins remain a vision of intense beauty. A stroll through the woods and up a nearby hill takes you to Rievaulx Terrace, which provides incredible views of the abbey. This grass-covered terrace features two temples at either end which are examples of follies constructed in the mid-18th century.
Eating and drinking
The Cocoa Tree is a friendly café that serves great coffee, as well as savoury snacks and cakes. Canines are just as welcome inside as bipeds! An award-winning restaurant, Scotts is a particular draw for its fish and chips, which can be enjoyed by coeliac sufferers too. It also serves a variety of other meals, as well as coffee, tea and cakes. Very popular with the locals, Porters Coffee Shop is ideal for a pot of tea and a sandwich or a lovely cup of coffee and homemade scones.
You won't find typical high street stores in Helmsley. For one thing, the shops are as divine as the rest of the town's buildings – stone-built and fetching. What you will find are clothes shops selling country wear, luxury fashion, and jewellery and antiques. There are also craft shops and galleries and a good selection of gift shops. There's even a traditional sweet shop. And on Friday it's worth taking a look around the market.
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