2a. Helmsley (2a) Helmsley Castle
Ryedale Views of Helmsley Town, North Yorkshire
Managed by English Heritage
This is a spectacular castle in the lovely North Yorkshire town of Helmsley.
A model of the medieval structure of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
The deep inner moat-ditch of Helmsley Castle, part of the extraordinarily well preserved defensive earthworks.
Some details of the deep ditch defensive earthworks on the north side of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
The East Gate Tower and the West range, the latter includes the West tower on the right - view from the Walled Garden.
Details of the west range of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire
The original Helmsley castle was built by Walter d'Espec ("A valiant soldier of the Conqueror") in the early 12th century ~1120, but most of the oldest buildings in existence are from the time of Robert de Roos ~1200, whose family retained the castle until 1688. Throughout the medieval period the castle was strengthened and improved well into Tudor times but during the 17th century Civil War much of its defences were dismantled so it could not be used as a Royalist stronghold. Helmsley Castle was besieged by the Parliamentarians in 1644, the Royalists were starved out and the Roundheads made it unusable! but fortunately English Heritage takes good care of the ruinous residue!
The ruins of Helmsley Castle viewed from the road up to Duncombe Park. In the centre of the picture is the ruins of the South Barbican entrance and in the distant right the East Tower of the castle Keep.
The south gate and a triple sculpture of armed men.
On the left - most of the west range was rebuilt between 1563 and 1587 - including mullioned and transformed windows, panelling, plaster friezes and ceilings and some fancy fireplaces!
West range and eastern tower.
Another view from the walled garden to the west of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
The ruined stark forbidding East tower of Helmsley Castle in front of the more stylish and pleasing 15th century domestic buildings. Much of the west side of the 'Keep' remains, but much of the eastern entrance has gone!
The remains of the East tower of Helmsley Castle high above the main defensive ditch (moat) of the motte and bailey Norman castle.
The East tower - the characteristic ionic image of the Keep (and Helmsley itself!), seen from Helmsley town.
The intact west side of the East gateway of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
Old fireplaces in the west range of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
Cannon balls and an unexploded bomb! from the English Civil War.
The southern end of the western range of buildings of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire.
Weapons and arrow heads in the display of historic objects found in the castle grounds.
Helmsley Castle viewed from above Helmsley on the footpath to Rievaulx.
What Helmsley Castle once looked like in the13th century!
Views of Helmsley Castle from the parkland of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire
Rydale North Yorkshire Northern England North York Moors National Park guided walks docspics photos pictures images photographs © Phil Brown Many top tourist attractions holiday coach tours, tourism information, accommodation, attractive self-catering holiday cottages, good places to eat, restaurants, B&B, luxury hotels, hostels to suit all budgets, walking, historic towns, villages, churches docspics images photos of Helmsley Castle © Phil Brown Tourist information on Helmsley Castle, top tourist attractions near Helmsley Castle Things to do near Helmsley Castle, What to see near Helmsley Castle, Walks near Helmsley Castle, weekend breaks near Helmsley Castle family holidays near Helmsley Castle, Top tourist attractions near Helmsley Castle, luxury hotels near Helmsley Castle, self-catering holiday cottages near Helmsley Castle, B&B near Helmsley Castle, friendly pubs near Helmsley Castle, cafes near Helmsley Castle, eating out in fine restaurants near Helmsley Castle, bargain holiday breaks near Helmsley Castle, wining & dining weekends near Helmsley Castle, touring coach tours including Helmsley Castle, pretty villages near Helmsley Castle, historic towns near Helmsley Castle, visiting museums near Helmsley Castle, local art galleries near Helmsley Castle, guided walks from Helmsley Castle, history of Helmsley Castle, architecture of Helmsley Castle trains to Helmsley Castle buses to Helmsley Castle coach tours to Helmsley Castle historic houses near Helmsley Castle historic churches near Helmsley Castle historic buildings tourist attractions near Helmsley Castle tourist information for places near Helmsley Castle things to do near Helmsley Castle
Enter place of feature: village, town, city, walk, feature, church, building, museum, anything of interest!
TOP OF PAGE