1. Helmsley Town (1) Streets, Buildings & Market Square
Ryedale Views of North Yorkshire
See also Helmsley Castle,
Approaching Helmsley on the A170 Thirsk Road you cross the bridge over the River Rye and first view of the keep of Helmsley Castle, which with the Parish Church, dominate the skyline. Helmsley as been an important market town since early medieval times and is a popular with tourist visiting this historic town.
Bridge Street, one of Helmsley's attractive streets of stone built shops, pubs and cafe's just off Market Square in the distance. Driving straight on brings you into Market Place, a wide area usually filled with cars as it acts as the main central car park.
Bridge Street, Helmsley
Just off Bridge Street, Helmsley, is a small 'arcade' with cafe, shops and the Helmsley Art Centre which incorporates the Old Meeting House (straight on). It was built in 1812 as a meeting place for Quakers, badly damaged by fire in 2000, it is now restored and is now the Helmsley Arts Centre.
If you fork left over the River Rye Bridge, Helmsley you come up behind the square on Castlegate with the Parish Church on the skyline.
The classic view of Helmsley when all the daffodils are out!
The Market Square in Helmsley, in the foreground is the Lord Feversham memorial, the medieval market cross and in the distance the tower of Helmsley Parish Church.
Motor bikes feature in Helmsley's busy square.
Above & below, Castlegate, some of fine limestone buildings in the 'back street' of Helmsley, with the Parish Church tower on the left.
The fine looking building of The Feathers, a modern hotel in an old country house, in the main market square of Helmsley. It extends into Thorpe's cottage on the left, one of Helmsley's oldest buildings.
Helmsley Town Hall (since 1958) in the Market Place, built 1900-1901, originally as a courthouse and market. It is now used as a tourist information centre, library and Ryedale District Council Office.
Shops in Market Place (Square) in Helmsley Town.
Shops and the Town Hall in Market Square in Helmsley Town.
Boro Gate with its small shops and cafes.
On the right, the left-hand part of the Black Swan Hotel is a timber-framed building which dates back to the 15th century, which incorporates Tudor, Elizabethan and the Georgian architecture of the ivy covered Black Swan on its right, with All Saints Parish Church in the background.
Canons Garth, next to All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley, is an old religious house dating back to medieval times. It has been used as a vicarage since the 18th century.
The lovely tulips at the walled garden in April-May, on the left is the 'greenhouse' or 'summerhouse' of the Vinehouse Cafe - more pictures at the bottom of the page!
Fantastic display of Tulips in the Helmsley Walled Garden.
A lovely spring day in Helmsley's Walled Garden
Helmsley Castle overlooks the Walled Gardens.
Lots of plants for sale in the garden centre at Helmsley Walled Gardens.
You can do some pleasant walks from Helmsley including Helmsley - Rievaulx Abbey Walk which we think is the best walk from Helmsley.
The 'winter' pictures above illustrate a circular walk from Helmsley via the deeply cut and narrow Ash Dale and return via the more varied wooded Bank Dale with some interesting machines to cut and carry tree trunks but stand well back when in operation! You enter Helmsley near the Bilsdale road out and the stream that runs into the River Rye with the parish church ahead (picture below).
After a good walk Porters Coffee Shop is good and popular cafe which serves good food and drinks in a fine looking building just off the square in Bridge Street, Helmsley
Porter's Coffee shop, looking towards the bay window
Another very good place to eat in Helmsley is Mannion's Cafe, a quite recent addition to eating out in Helmsley.
Mannion & Co Kitchen, Eatery and Cafe AND a shop section of delicious pies, cakes and bread etc.
Good views of Helmsley Castle through the window, lots of daffodils nearby and dog friendly too!
Mannion & Co Kitchen is a unique bistro & cafe, deli counter and artisan bakery located in Helmsley.
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|There are lots of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose to eat out in Helmsley Town|
|The Duncombe Park shop in Bridge Street, Helmsley 'village', North Yorkshire, contains a delightful and 'tasty' tearoom cafe in the rear of the shop. It is situated in a lovely street of limestone shops and houses and the 'iconic' profile of Helmsley Castle is never far from view. Helmsley is an attractive and friendly town in the district of Ryedale, near the North Yorks Moors of Northern England.|
The very useful Helmsley Post Office is in Bridge Street, on the right of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop.
|The Terrace Coffee Shop, just off Bridge Street, Helmsley. Its fine refreshment facilities include homemade cakes, cappuccino, latte and espresso coffees, tea in a china pot, sandwiches, Panini's, salads, tortilla wraps etc. and all freshly prepared. Its really nice to sit out in the quiet sheltered area outside the cafe itself, that gets really warm in the sunshine|
|The very good Porters Coffee Shop, Helmsley, is by the alleyway entrance which leads to the Helmsley Arts Centre. It serves good light refreshments, including cream teas, and the usual varieties of cappuccino, latte and espresso coffees etc.|
|The Crema Coffee House, Helmsley, is opposite the excellent Cut-Price Bookstore in Boro Gate. It offers light refreshment snacks, Pumphrey's freshly ground coffees, speciality teas, fabulous hot chocolate made from real Belgium chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows, sandwiches, Panini's, jacket potatoes, soups, quiche and salad bowl, toasted tea cakes, fruit scones, hot sticky chocolate fudge cake drizzled in Belgium chocolate served with a scoop of Mark-Tony's Italian ice cream!|
|On Castlegate, Helmsley, near the entrance to the castle, is the Castlegate Cafe and Bakery Shop, next to the enticingly charming Thornton's Little Luxuries, next door, from tea and cakes to chocolate - wicked!|
There is the stylish excellent Vinehouse cafe in the Walled Gardens near Helmsley Castle, on Cleveland Way, conveniently near the car park with splendid organic food and baby friendly with a high chair provided and plenty of space to eat. In fine weather it is a most delightful place to 'dine out'! Fine views of the tulips and castle!
See also Helmsley Castle
and Duncombe Park
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