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Top Choice Ruins in Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey

In the secluded valley of the River Rye about 3 miles west of Helmsley, amid fields and woods loud with birdsong, stand the magnificent ruins of Rievaulx Abbey (pronounced 'ree-voh'). The extensive remains give a wo…
Top Choice Modern British in Helmsley

Star Inn

This thatch-roofed country pub is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, with a menu specialising in top-quality produce from the surrounding countryside: Whitby crab with pickled cockles and avocado 'ice', or roast…
Top Choice Modern British in Helmsley

Hare Inn

The phrase 'hidden gem' is overused, but here it is entirely appropriate – drowsing in a secluded hamlet 4 miles west of Helmsley, the Hare is a 21st-century restaurant in a 13th-century inn, where gourmet dining is…
Gardens in Helmsley

Rievaulx Terrace

In the 1750s landscape-gardening fashion favoured a Gothic look and many aristocrats had mock ruins built on their estates. Thomas Duncombe II of Duncombe Park was able to go one better, as his lands contained a rea…
Gardens in Helmsley

Duncombe Park Gardens

South of Helmsley lies the superb ornamental landscape of Duncombe Park estate, laid out in 1718 for Thomas Duncombe (whose son would later build Rievaulx Terrace) with the stately Georgian mansion of Duncombe Park …
Castle in Helmsley

Helmsley Castle

The impressive ruins of 12th-century Helmsley Castle are defended by a striking series of deep ditches and banks, to which later rulers added the thick stone walls and defensive towers. Only one tooth-shaped tower s…
Gardens in Helmsley

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden would be just another plant-and-produce centre were it not for its dramatic setting next to Helmsley Castle and its fabulous selection of flowers, fruits and vegetables (some of them rare), no…
Food & Drinks in Helmsley

Hunters of Helmsley

Offers a cornucopia of locally made chutneys, jams, beers, cheeses, bacon, gourmet pies and sausage rolls, jams, sweets and ice cream – a great place to stock up for a posh picnic.
Food & Drinks in Helmsley

Thomas of Helmsley

A butcher and deli specialising in local produce, including delicious homemade sausages.