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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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As a group of independent businesses it feels counter intuitive for us to turn away visitors. But that's what we need to do for now. Much as we love people coming to our beautiful town under usual circumstances, now we need people to abide by the government's guidelines and stay home.

Rural locations such as ours are continuing to be overrun with tourists and it's putting the health of our residents and our employees at risk. It's also meaning there is a shortage of supplies for our local community.

So, please, for now, stay home. Once this is all over we look forward to welcoming you again – but let's just help everyone have the best possible chance of staying safe in these terrible times. Please instead consider supporting our businesses online where possible – they need you more than ever.

Take care.

In the News

Helmsley businesses working safely for the local community


Helmsley sawmill raffles off handmade gate with a star-studded history for local charity


Helmsley’s town crier championships postponed until 2021


Helmsley birds of prey centre welcomes its first chick of 2020, christened Rishi


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.  


Business of the Month

This month we catch up with Claire Brackley, owner of Home Lea Country Interiors, who tells us more about her business and being in 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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Job Vacancies in Helmsley

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 April 2020

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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.