If you were asked to imagine the perfect English market town, then it’d probably look a lot like Helmsley! There’s the bustling market square, the dramatic castle ruins, the charming tea rooms, the inviting inns; all surrounded by mile after mile of the beautiful North York Moors. Indeed, the Cleveland Way and Ebor Way both begin from here. It’s no wonder that Helmsley welcomes back so many visitors year after year.
Helmsley on the Map
If driving from Thirsk to Scarborough, after taking in the impressive Sutton Bank (in a low gear!) you’ll find Helmsley just before half way along the A170.
Helmsley does not have a train station, since passenger services ended in the 1950s. There is a train station at Thirsk and more mainline services slightly further away at York, meaning Helmsley is easiest to visit in a motor vehicle. If you are travelling by car, however, Helmsley makes an excellent base to explore the nearby delights of Yorkshire, as you are roughly equidistant from several fantastic treats: take a day trip to York or Scarborough, explore the North York Moors, or simply spend a relaxing time exploring Helmsley itself.
Accommodation in Helmsley
Helmsley is extremely well served with a range of accommodation options, from quaint Bed & Breakfasts and guest houses, inns, small hotels and country houses dotted around. You’ll be sure to find your perfect fit in the area.