Schools

From mighty medieval Norman fortress to luxurious Tudor mansion, learn about the castle's time as a Civil War stronghold, before eventually becoming a romantic Victorian ruin. This impressive site documents over 900 years of English history. 

Soldier statues at Helmsley

free school visits

We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. By booking a free education visit you can lead your own visit in your own way. We also have plenty of online resources to help you support and follow up your learning plan.

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Visitor centre at Helmsley Castle

Facilities for Learning Groups

  • Free site visit to help you plan your school trip.
  • Large pay and display car park (not managed by English Heritage) 20 metres from entrance. Meters accept coins and cards.
  • Visitor Centre sells extensive range of English Heritage gifts and themed souvenirs including a castle themed gifts, maps, books and Yorkshire clothing.
  • Male, female and disabled toilets.
  • Imaginative hands-on exhibition in the ground floor of the Tudor mansion range. Displaying a fascinating array of finds from Civil War cannon balls to early tableware, this exhibition explores the social and domestic, as well as the military, aspects of the fortress..
  • 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook.

teaching resources

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Timeline: Helmsley Castle

Timeline: Helmsley Castle

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Historical Sources: Helmsley Castle

Historical Sources: Helmsley Castle

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Top 5 Activities: Helmsley Castle

Top 5 Activities: Helmsley Castle

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Glossary: Helmsley Castle

Glossary: Helmsley Castle

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Helmsley Castle is open to schools during full opening, and over winter we will endeavour to accomodate you  - please discuss with the bookings team.

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