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Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB, England
+44 1439 770442
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Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB, England
+44 1439 770442
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This castle was interesting to visit but was a bit disappointing. I think I expected a castle in slightly better condition from the photos.

Thank Cookster_11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Looks smaller from outside but once inside lots of space to wander around good audio guides and information boards small museum inside friendly staff and clean toilets and a shop wanted to walk around the perimeter but unfortunately our visit was cut short by a...More

Thank sarah s
Reviewed 4 days ago

From outside the castle just looks like an old ruin. Once you enter through the visitor centre and, using the free audio guide, it is an amazing place. The guide is full of useful information which is selectable depending on your interest. The whole castle...More

Thank 3saf
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I stayed at the Royal Oak inn in Helmsley village square which was well appointed to view this English Heritage site - well worth a visit. Great walk from there onwards towards Riveaulx Abbey too. a few pics of that walk attached- highly recommended.

Thank sarahfong86
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was utterly surprised once I got inside and along the path to the left, just how much more there is standing of this place than can be seen from the outside. There are three figurines before the entrance - always good for a selfie...More

Thank Edwardo C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a good few hours walking round the castle, found the audio headphones very informative. Must have been a very impressive castle in the past. Unfortunately the weather was not great and it did not have a coffee shop. However there are plenty of...More

Thank Andrew T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The most amazing thing about this castle is it's amazing size, massive external walls and huge moat system.

Thank BrianElliott1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love travelling around visiting castles and this one didn't disappoint. Excellent audio guide really takes you back and brings the extensive ruins to life. History and intrigue left me feeling like I had stepped back in time and I learnt a lot about this...More

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There didn't seem much to Helmsley Castle until we actually got inside the grounds and were pleasantly surprised to see more than just ruins. The audio guide was extremely informative and made the experience all the more rewarding. There is also an excellent gift shop....More

Thank CugsyWestYorkshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a trip out to North Yorkshire for the day with the plan to visit this castle. The little town of Helmsley is well worth a visit as it is quaint and has some lovely shops, The castle is walking distance from the centre...More

Thank James S
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