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Ryedale Market Town Tours
The market towns of Ryedale offer a variety of full day tours – here’s just a sample of them:
The tour starts with a visit to Helmsley Castle. The impressive ruins of this great medieval castle tower over and dominate the picturesque town. The Castle has a visitor centre and offers audio tours and hands-on exhibits – providing a great opportunity to explore this fortress.
Take a chance to look at the various craft workshops nearby followed by a walking tour of the town centre and its variety of colourful shops. After lunch head out to Duncombe Park – a glorious stately home set in a vast landscaped garden and Arcadian parkland. End the day by travelling the 8 miles out on the A170 to Sutton Bank and the National Park Visitor Centre where you can take in the stunning views which stretch for miles and miles.
Just outside the town in Old Malton, you will find Eden Camp an exciting and entertaining museum based in the grounds of an original WWII Prisoner of War camp which lets you experience the sights, sounds and even smells of wartime life. Spend the whole morning here stopping off for lunch in the Officers mess, Prisoners Canteen or Garrison Cinema Bar, where a special range of meals is available for groups.
Travel the 2 miles back into Malton for a walking tour of the town centre with a chance to browse the shops followed by a visit to Malton Museum which has a collection of artefacts from Roman Malton.
Alternative afternoon activities include a visit to Scampston Walled Garden or the Wolds Way Lavender Farm which has a collection of over 100 types of lavender and herbs.
Start the day with a visit to the Beck Isle museum which contains a magnificent assortment of items from the last 200 years ranging from the curious to the commonplace. Wander around the quaint shopping centre – and don’t miss the Pickering Antique Centre with its itineraries beautiful selection of collectables before heading off to the St Peter and St Paul’s Church which has fine examples of 15th century murals and Norman arches.
Pickering Castle is next on the agenda – a splendid motte and bailey castle offering breathtaking views over the North York Moors. Finish the day with a gentle stroll through the town and a brief tour of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Grand Yorkshire run a weekly programme of tours into Ryedale from mid-March to the end of October, with additional tours during the festive period.