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The grounds and interior spaces at Helmsley Castle are open.

Measures are still in place to keep everyone safe.

We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

The grounds of Helmsley Castle are open. Our shop is open but all other indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe.  Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history. The first castle at Helmsley was built in the early twelfth century by Walter Espec - 'Walter the Woodpecker', who also founded nearby Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Priory.

Modernised by Robert de Roos and his descendants, and converted into living quarters and a luxurious mansion by the Manners family, the castle faced its greatest challenge in the Civil War period. Held for King Charles, Helmsley endured a three month siege before Cromwell's men blew up the Great Keep, slicing it in half with the explosion.

Helmsley Castle has recently undergone a thorough makeover by English Heritage, making it more accessible to a wide range of visitors. Its fascinating story is told through a brand-new visitor centre, and an imaginative hands-on exhibition in the mansion range, which explores the social and domestic, as well as the military, aspects of the fortress.

The towering, shattered keep and fearsome earthworks continue to fire the imaginations of visitors to the site, making Helmsley Castle the perfect location to learn more about the dramatic history of this region.

 

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  • Children welcome

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  • Dogs Accepted

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Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

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  • Accepts groups

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  • Parking with charge

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Helmsley Castle

Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5AB
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Awards

  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Bronze Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Bronze Member 2021

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayOpen

* You don’t need to book your visit in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.
You can book your advance ticket online up to 9am on the day you want to visit.

You can currently book for visits up to 30 September. Tickets for the autumn will go on sale soon. We’ll update this page when we have more information available.

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