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Cycle Event, Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

It's Grim Up North

It's Grim Up North


With the old English name of Elmeslac, Helmsley predates the Domesday Book. It was first settled in around 3,000 BC and small farming communities lived in the town throughout the Neolithic period, Bronze and Iron Ages and into Roman times. The lands around Helmsley were held by William the Conqueror’s brother. You can still visit the ruins of the Norman castle, and see ancient oak trees in Duncombe Park dating from this time. The oldest surviving house in Helmsley is the medieval Canon’s Garth, the vicarage. The Norman castle, dating back over 900 years, evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. It is open all year round for visitors to enjoy, under the care of English Heritage. The Walled Gardens also enjoy a historic past, tracing their roots back to 1759.

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Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul It's Grim Up North
Wed 25 Jul 40 - Coffee Concert - Heimat


Duncombe Park

01439 770213


Duncombe Park,
North Yorkshire,
YO62 5EB



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Map reference: SE 604828  Lat: 54.23735 Long: -1.07478

By Road:
From A170 Thirsk to Scarborough road follow white on brown tourist signs to Buckingham Square. Then follow drive through open parkland.

By Public Transport:
Follow road to Helmsley, about 24 miles. At jct with A170 at Sproxton turn right and continue onto A170 for 1 mile. Then take 1st left in Helmsley following white on brown signs.

Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups