Hamish visited the castle in April 2007. The castle shares its entrance with the Tourist Information Office adjacent to the long stay car park in Helmsley (some on street parking is also available nearby). Hamish was welcome everywhere on the site but didn’t visit the interesting displays in a well preserved mansion house section of the castle. As is so often the case at English Heritage properties the staff were welcoming and helpful. The audio tour was excellent in guiding us around the ruins in a systematic way and providing the important facts and anecdotes about the castle’s history. Significant sections of the structure remain providing a good ‘feel’ for what the castle must have been like before it suffered the same fate to befall so many others in The English Civil War. It’s impressive earthworks still clearly show what a difficult artillery target it must have made – though the walk to Rievaulx Abbey shows how this may have been overcome from a distance. A great visit – ideal for an older dog - Hamish met a number of other canine visitors … but was happy to have a rest whilst his people enjoyed the commentaries, architecture and views! We combined this experience with a walk and visit to Rievaulx Abbey making an excellent full day out.
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DogPeople Says : Helmsley Castle
Near the town centre (OS Map 100; ref SE 611836). Car park adjacent to the castle; charge payable.
Helmsley Castle is surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, the great medieval castle's impressive ruins stand beside the attractive market town of Helmsley. Why not take a stroll around the grounds with your dog, and explore all that it has to offer.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Helmsley Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.
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