100 Reasons To Visit Helmsley

Helmsley really is an idyllic location.

It’s a quintessential market town set in the heart of the world famous North York Moors.

We here at The Black Swan are absolutely sold on its charms.

With the Easter holidays in full swing it’s time to put Helmsley on your must visit list…and here are just a 100 reasons why.

1. Award winning afternoon tea at The Black Swan

2. The Verbena Spa at The Feversham Arms Hotel – with a Five Bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide

3. Ryeburn of Helmsley – and its renowned ice creams

4. The National Centre for Birds of Prey and its fabulous displays

5. English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey

6. Helmsley Castle really is a must-see

7. National Trust’s Rievaulx Terrace and Temple

8. The Cut-Price Bookstore is one for bookworms

9. Who can resist a peek into the Traditional Sweet Shop?

10. Helmsley Wines is a treasure trove if you’re looking for a special tipple

11. Helmsley Walled Garden

12. The Stick Man

13. Here on a Friday? Then it’s market day!

14. And don’t forget about the indoor market too in the town hall on the third Friday of every month

15. Helmsley Community Library

16. Helmsley Arts Centre

17. Browns Helmlsey; Department store shopping on the North York Moors

18. There are an array of antique shops in Helmsley, all with quirky delights on show

19. Helmsley Galleries – a must for arts fans. Take in its collections at both The Black Swan and The Feversham Arms Hotel

20. Fancy fine dining? The Gallery here at The Black Swan boasts three AA Rosettes whilst The Weathervane at The Feversham Arms Hotel boasts two. Nearby The Star at Harome has a Michelin star.

21. Helmsley Brewing Co. will delight beer fans

22. Duncombe Park stately home

23. There are also parklands at Duncombe and…

24. Beautiful gardens

25. All Saints Church is steeped with history – with stunning features

26. Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

27. Helmsley Recreation Ground – with its fantastic outdoor play equipment

28. The walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey

29. Paddling in Borobeck

30. A spot of tennis at Helmsley Recreation Ground

31. A browse of vintage fashions at Crane Vintage and The Magpie Room

32. Country wear fans can’t do much better than Carters

33. There are posh interior shops aplenty – including Peter Silk of Helmsley Ltd

34. Horse riding at Bilsdale Riding Centre

35. And there’s more for horsey fans too – with Sinnington Point to Point at Duncombe Park

36. We’re well known as a motorcycle meeting point

37. Catch a film at Helmsley Arts Centre

38. Champers by the pool at The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

39. Good old fashioned pub grub; there are plenty to choose from

40. Spoil your pet with a stay at The Black Swan or Feversham. Both are very pet friendly

41. Pimms in beautiful The Black Swan gardens

42. FatFace is one of our cooler fashion haunts

43. Shooting

44. A shopping spree at Pennita

45. Make a hamper at Hunters

46. You won’t get caught short here – with two sets of public loos

47. Fancy a new do? We have a good choice of hairdressers in Helmsley

48. Golden Square Caravan and Camping Park

49. Coffee anyone? You’ll be spoilt for choice here

50. Cocktails at The Cygnet Bar at The Black Swan

51. A Yorkshire breakfast with us

52. Did you know Helmsley is home to the North York Moors HQ?

53. The Cleveland Way starts (or ends) here

54. Say hello to Lord Feversham with his monument in Town Square

55. The Helmsley Murder Mystery Treasure Trail

56. Enjoy the aroma in Thomas The Baker

57. Marley’s Butchers – a proper place to buy your sausages

58. YHA Helmsley

59. A wide selection of holiday cottages and B&Bs – The Black Swan being a fantastic place to dine out

60. A good nose around the charity shops

61. The Inn Way

62. Ebor Way

63. Views from Cowhouse Bank

64. And Newgate Bank

65. Gift shops aplenty

66. The Rural Chauffeur

67. A whole lot of history

68. Helmsley Visitor Information Point

69. Pick up a bit of bling at Libby Butler Jewellers

70. There’s plenty going on at Helmsley Town Hall

71. Catch a craft fair

72. Or a Christmas one, annually at Duncombe

73. In fact Christmas in Helmsley is always special

74. An annual 10K run

75. Duncombe Park Trail Running Festival

76. Helmsley’s Aquathlons at the lido

77. Enjoy the cricket with a tipple or two at Helmsley Recreation Ground

78. A pub crawl

79. Take part in the now annual Dark Skies Festival

80. Get volunteering

81. Watch Helmlsey’s famous town crier

82. The Tour De Yorkshire will be whizzing past in May

83. Floristry fan? The Topiary Tree has a stunning selection

84. The Wool Shop is a crafter’s delight

85. Art lovers will enjoy Lazenby Visuals

86. Forget apps and screens – children will delight in the traditional toys at Claridges

87. Duncombe Sawmill

88. Alfresco dining – poolside, in gardens or overlooking the market square

89. The diverse wildlife

90. Bring your camera, there’s plenty to snap

91. A fish and chip supper from Scotts

92. Therapeutic horticulture

93. Writing courses with those in the know at Helmsley Arts Centre

94. Yoga with Nadja Schutt

95. Charge up your Tesler at The Fev

96. Take a taste of Helmsley home – and pick up fresh deli produce. Yum!

97. Andrew Feather’s Belgian chocolates

98. A photoshoot for your pooch with The Phodographer!

99. The perfect place for a picnic is at the benches below the castle

100. Land Rover off-road driving at Duncombe – for under 17s!

Image Credits: North York Moors, view pic by Tracey Phillips