Best things to do in Helmsley

Planning on visiting Helmsley? In the heart of the North York Moors, this town is home to a wide array of tourist attractions and opportunities for a fun family day out. From relaxing countryside strolls to educational tours, there is something on offer for every member of the family to enjoy.

Amongst many other unique attractions, Helmsley is home to the National Centre for Birds of Prey. You’ll be able to watch fantastic flying demonstrations with the likes of Burrowing Owls to Sea Eagles and many more – since this is home to the largest collection of birds of prey in the North of England! There are also plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained, with a free ink stamp trail to take part in. You’ll also have the chance to go for a relaxing walk around the centre, with acres of woodland and parkland for you to enjoy.

Fancy an activity to challenge your mind? The Helmsley murder mystery treasure trail is sure to bring our your inner detective. This self-guided trail will send you on a mission to solve the clues that you’ll find on buildings, medieval streets and an array of unusual spots – before solving the great mystery! If you’re new to Helmsley, this is a great way to get to know the town in more depth, whilst team building with your family and friends.

If you’re intrigued by historical ruins, a visit to Rievaulx Abbey might be the ideal day out for you. Set in the midst of the North Yorkshire countryside, this Abbey is surrounded by stunning views and greenery. In the elegant museum, you’ll learn about the enchanting past of Rievaulx Abbey before it became the ruins as we know them today; as well as an insight into the monks who once lived there. If you’re a true historian, you might like to squeeze a second trip to one of Helmsley’s most historic monuments, Helmsley Castle. With the hands-on exhibition available for visitors, you’ll learn about Helmsley Castle during the Tudor period through to its existence and use during the Victorian era. Just a scenic walk away from Rievaulx Abbey, you can make a day of learning about Helmsley’s history.

For a day of tranquillity, Helmsley’s Walled Garden is the place to visit. Dating back to the 18th century, the Walled Gardens is a popular attraction due to its array of beautiful plants and flowers which guide a walking path – ideal for a relaxing stroll. Once you’ve made your way to the Vine House Café, you can unwind with a delicious slice of cake and cup of tea whilst overlooking the stunning gardens.

The horse riders amongst you will be glad to hear that Helmsley has its very own riding centre. What better place to ride a horse than around the stunning North York Moors? Helmsley also has a variety of splendid walking routes on offer, so you’ll never be short of something to enjoy.