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Welcome toHelmsley

A warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome is something you’re always guaranteed in Helmsley. Whether you’re walking, eating, shopping, cycling, riding, visiting or pottering Helmsley has everything you need, whether you’re staying for a few hours, a weekend or you never want to leave.

Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, and is the perfect base for enjoying the wider area. But there’s plenty to do right here in the town, from fascinating attractions including the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle,

Helmsley Arts Centre and the Walled Gardens, to award-winning eateries and the town’s very own Brewery. Enjoy shopping in interesting and unique stores, galleries and boutiques – the town is even home to the winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop 2015.

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In the News

Venetian dining proves a hit in the heart of the North York Moors


Go (nut)crackers for Christmas in Helmsley


Be on Cloud Wine with the chance to try more than 100 wines from around the world, whilst raising money for charity


A reason to Celebrate – Helmsley cake business rises to the occasion of its 10th anniversary


See & Do


With so much to do, you’ll want to stay. Choose from luxury hotels, award-winning B&Bs and self catering cottages.


Helmsley is a High Street like no other. Independent shops, galleries and boutiques, selling everything you could possibly need.

Food & Drink

From fine dining and country pubs to cosy cafes and award-winning delis, a visit to Helmsley is a treat for the tastebuds.


There’s something for everyone, with the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle and the Walled Garden to choose from.


The town boasts a wide range of local and international arts and crafts, including several art galleries, each one totally unique.


From beauty and natural health treatments to the more practical matters of taxis. Helmsley’s service providers are here to help.


Walking, cycling, open air swimming, biking, painting, dog-friendly activities, stickmaking – Helmsley has it all.

Why Helmsley?

Helmsley is a picture perfect Yorkshire market town: an idyllic place to have a business, visit or stay for a day, weekend or the rest of your life.  


Come to Helmsley National Town Crier Competition

Helmsley to host its major National Town Crier Competition On Saturday 21 July 2018 – which it is believed will be the largest, national town crier competition to be held in Yorkshire for several decades…

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Business of the Month

Su Alderson, owner of Honeysuckle Cottagetells us more about the business and a few more facts about Helmsley

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All roads lead to Helmsley…

Helmsley is an inspiration to international visitors in the North York Moors National Park, and with easy road links from Hull ferry terminal and just over an hour from Leeds Bradford airport, you can reach us easily from overseas for your next escape to the English countryside.

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Helmsley crowned best market town high street in Britain

Helmsley has beaten off hundreds of high streets across the country to be named Britain’s Best Market Town! Amazing!

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 January 2018

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Top tips about Helmsley

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Helmsley on foot

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Gluten free treats

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Download the current Visit Helmsley Brochure

To find out more about Helmsley and everything the town has to offer, download our brochure and handy map, to help you plan your visit.