historic town with a 900 year old castle, and market place
Parking on a Sunday in summer can be hellish
Life-affirming market town with history and good browsing
This is one of the largest market squares in the Moors and although its main purpose is now a car park it does have a market here on a Friday and this is where the buses stop. It is dominated by the beautiful Town Hall and there are many tea shops and general shops around it.
In the centre of the square is a monument designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and this is a memorial to Lord Faversham who is part of the Duncombe family who lived at nearby Duncombe Park.
The church is 13th century is appearance but most of the stonework is Victorian although the arch over the door is Norman and some of the stones in the lower tower are from the 12th century.
A beautiful church inside with wonderful murals depicting Christianity in the town and area.
Look for -
The Dragon - high in St Columba's Chapel in the South Transept, and 6 metres long.
The Misericord Seats - in St Aelred's Chapel in the North Transept, used by monks to rest their legs whilst standing to chant lengthy services
The Votive Candles - also in the North Transept, which may be lit in memory of a loved one, or to focus on a special prayer need. There is a book to record prayer requests on the ancient coffin stool by the stand
The Numerous Mice - in the Sanctuary, mark of the Mouseman of Kilburn
The Slave's Yoke - in the Baptistry at the back of the Church, from a slave freed in South Africa in the 19th century.
A wooden castle was built on this site in 1122 but in 1186 the present castle was built with further additions in the years between 1258 and 1285,
During the English Civil War, the castle was besieged by Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1644. Sir Jordan Crosland held it for the King for three months before surrendering. Parliament ordered that the castle should be slighted to prevent its further use and so much of the castle's walls, gates and the eastern half of the east tower were destroyed. However the mansion was spared.
Admission to the Castle is £4.80 for adults and £2.90 for children and there are other concessions (2011 prices). There is a gift shop and visitor centre as you enter the Castle area and many special events through the year.
Market Place, (formerly "Macdonald"), Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BJ, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
5-6 Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BH, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Not sure this hotel is still a Best Western - it is more boutique than chain hotel. The Feversham is...more
High Street, Nawton, Helmsley, YO62 7TT, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
nr Hawnby, Helmsley, YO62 5NB, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
21 Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BJ, United Kingdom
Market Square, Helmsley, YO62 5BJ, United Kingdom
Old Byland, Helmsley, YO62 5LG, United Kingdom
This establishment is a restaurant in one section, and takeaway Fish and chip shop in the other.The Restaurant opens Sunday to Thursday 11.30 a.m -6.60.p.m Friday and Saturday 11.30a.m -8.30p.m
The takeaway is open Sunday to Thursday 11.30 a.m -7.00p,m and Friday and Saturday 11.30a.m -9.00p.m.
The Takeaway menu offers haddock or cod, scampi, flounder ; chicken with peas and condiments.
Favorite Dish: The haddock and chips was top class, absolutely delicious. Price £ 3.70. Children's portions are also available
There are no trains to Helmsley but there are a number of buses.
The main routes are 128 - Scarborough to Helmsley ( Scarborough and District Buses), 31 and 31X York to Helmsley (Arriva) and on summer Sundays several Moorsbus services stop here (Moorsbus).
The Market Place in Helmsley is a bit of history. In the centre of the square is an old market cross, and a memorial to a baron.
A few pubs, banks and various shops offering gifts, books, arts and crafts, sandwiches and a delicatessan vie with each other . Just walking around and looking is a pleasant occupation.
What to buy: Exotic foreign meats and cheeses ; cut-price books; handmade gifts etc
What to pay: a bit more expensive than usual because of all the tourists.
Housed in a grade 2 listed building and opened in 1990 is the finest food shop in the whole of England - this shop makes the food hall in Selfridges in London look like a burger bar.
Fine wines, cheeses, meats , chocolates (including the best selection in England of Droste chocolate) , pies and ice creams amongst a whole array of fine foods.
There are chutnies, spices, oils, vinegars and the entire shop is a food lovers paradise.
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