Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 1 hour
Things to do at Helmsley Castle review
Helmsley Castle can be found in the heart of the North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. It is a relatively large castle compared to others in the area. It is maintained and owned by English Heritage.
Helmsley Castle has a 900-year history and you can discover how it has evolved over the centuries. It started life as a medieval fortress, then a luxurious mansion, to a Civil war stronghold and then a romantic Victoria ruin. Although a lot of the castle does still remain intact today, there are lots to see and explore.
In the large mansion house, there are lots of hands-on exhibits that kids will love. You can also pick up an audio tour if you’d like to learn even more about the castle. You can even walk from here to Rievaulx Abbey, another English Heritage property. You can also see cannonballs from the Civil War, early tableware and other interesting artefacts found at the site.
There is also a ruined keep that you can walk around inside (but not up) and if you keep walking to the far side of the castle and walk over a bridge (over the old moat) you will come across some archer statues which kids will love to see.
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Important Information Helmsley Castle
Eating – There is no cafe on-site but there’s plenty of choice in Helmsley.
Facilities in brief – Medieval castle with interactive exhibits and various things to see and explore. There are toilets.
Entry price – *FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or Mid-range. An adult ticket is £7.90 or £4.70 for a child age 5-17. Under 5s are free and other pricing options including family tickets are available. There is a large pay and display very close to the castle’s entrance.
Opening: Helmsley castle is open for most of the spring and summer, over the autumn and winter it is mostly open Friday to Sunday. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01439 770442
Category – Historical Castle – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
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