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Helmsley Attractions

Helmsley Attractions - Helmsley Castle

Helmsley offers a diverse range of attractions including Helmsley Castle, overlooking the grounds which lie Duncombe Park, Helmsley Walled Garden and the National Centre for Birds of Prey.  Within close proximatey the majestic Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples await those seeking tranquility and freedom.

The beautiful ruins of the 12th century Rievaulx Abbey owes its foundation to the generosity of Walter I'Espec who granted a small part of his estate to a group of Cistercian monks in 1131.  The lands at Rievaulx reverted back to the Helmsley estate in 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.  Today the imposing remains of Rievaulx Abbey are in the cre of English Heritage and are open to the public.  Rievaulx Abbey ruins also captured the imagination of Thomas Duncombe, an 18th century successor to the Helmsley estate. He commissioned the building of Rievaulx Terrace and Temples in 1758. This ingenious piece of landscape gardening was designed to provide powerful views of the abbey and its idyllic setting in the Rye valley.

Although outside the influence of the Helmsley estate, the Elizabethan manor house of Nunnington Hall, a few miles downstream provides an interesting comparison with the apartments in the domestic range of Helmsley castle.  By the middle of the 16th century, castles were out of fashion and Nunnington Hall represented the new vogue in unfortified country houses.  The National Trust owns Rievaulx Terrace & Temples and Nunnington Hall.  Both properties are open to visitors.

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  1. Helmsley Castle

    Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB
    Castle
    Explore the castle's changing fortunes. From formidable fortress to battle-scarred ruins. With other additions including a mansion house. ...
    Helmsley Castle
  2. Rievaulx Terrace & Temples

    Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    An 18th century grass-covered terrace landscaped from wooded hillside with views of Rievaulx Abbey, 2 classical temples, 1 furnished and decorated as a dining-room. ...
    Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (NT)
  3. Beadlam Roman Villa

    Pockley Gates, York, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5HY
    Architectural Interest
    One of the most northerly Roman Villas in Britain. ...
    Beadlam Roman Villa
  4. National Centre for Birds of Prey

    Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
    Animal Sanctuary
    The National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of raptors in the north of England. ...
    International Centre for Birds of Prey
  5. Helmsley Arts Centre

    The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5DW
    Art Gallery
    Helmsley Arts Centre is a thriving venue for live theatre, music, dance, cinema, literature, exhibitions, classes, workshops and conferences. ...
    Helmsley Arts Centre
  6. Gallery Beyond

    The Barn, Church Street, Nunnington, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5US
    Art Gallery
    Gallery Beyond is set in Nunnington a delightful village in the Howardian Hills not far from the popular market town of Helmsley. ...
    Gallery Beyond Nunnington
  7. Nunnington Hall

    Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, Helmsley, York, YO62 5UY
    Historic Houses & Sites
    Picturesque 17th century house with organically managed walled garden famous for its miniature rooms collection and changing programme of high profile art and photography exhibitions and an innovative events programme. ...
    Nunnington Hall
  8. Duncombe Park

    Duncombe Park Estate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
    Historic Houses & Sites
    An 18thC mansion recently restored. Family home of the Lord and Lady Feversham. Unique 18thC landscaped garden with terraces temples fine views and walks 400-acre parkland. ...
    Duncombe Park
  9. Helmsley Walled Garden

    Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    Five-acre walled garden with Victorian glasshouses, flowers, vegetables and specialist fruit collection. Plant Centre, shop and Cafe. ...
    Helmsley Walled Garden
  10. Byland Abbey

    Byland, Helmsley, York, YO61 4BD
    Abbey
    Once one of the great northern monasteries & an outstanding example of early gothic architecture. Second largest collection of floor tiles in Europe. ...
    Byland Abbey
  11. Liquid Amber Art Gallery

    The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG
    Art Gallery
    The Verbena Spa named as Tatler's 101 Spas of the World. Their luxury heat experience area outdoor hot-tub & heated pool 7 treatment rooms with large lounge area and a south facing terace for unwinding. ...
    Liquid Amber Art Gallery
  12. Rievaulx Abbey

    Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
    Abbey
    'Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.' These words written over eight centuries ago by the monastery's third abbot St Aelred could describe Rievaulx today. ...
    Rievaulx Abbey
  13. Jonathan Pomroy - Wildlife & Landscape Artist

    Ampleforth , , Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 4DE
    Art Gallery
    Jonathan Pomroy is an artist living and working on the edge of the North York Moors National Park at Ampleforth ...
    Artist Jonathan Pomroy

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Helmsley Attractions

Helmsley Attractions - Helmsley Castle

Helmsley offers a diverse range of attractions including Helmsley Castle, overlooking the grounds which lie Duncombe Park, Helmsley Walled Garden and the National Centre for Birds of Prey.  Within close proximatey the majestic Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples await those seeking tranquility and freedom.

The beautiful ruins of the 12th century Rievaulx Abbey owes its foundation to the generosity of Walter I'Espec who granted a small part of his estate to a group of Cistercian monks in 1131.  The lands at Rievaulx reverted back to the Helmsley estate in 1538 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.  Today the imposing remains of Rievaulx Abbey are in the cre of English Heritage and are open to the public.  Rievaulx Abbey ruins also captured the imagination of Thomas Duncombe, an 18th century successor to the Helmsley estate. He commissioned the building of Rievaulx Terrace and Temples in 1758. This ingenious piece of landscape gardening was designed to provide powerful views of the abbey and its idyllic setting in the Rye valley.

Although outside the influence of the Helmsley estate, the Elizabethan manor house of Nunnington Hall, a few miles downstream provides an interesting comparison with the apartments in the domestic range of Helmsley castle.  By the middle of the 16th century, castles were out of fashion and Nunnington Hall represented the new vogue in unfortified country houses.  The National Trust owns Rievaulx Terrace & Temples and Nunnington Hall.  Both properties are open to visitors.

Use the map below to view the attractions in Helmsley.