Helmsley Castle
Helmsley Castle


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. 

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • KS2: Local history study.
  • KS3: Local history study; Development of church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1750.
  • GCSE History: Study of the historic environment.

Free Self-led 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.



We have a wide range of materials to help support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free Learning Resources, including Hazard Information Sheets and Risk Assessments to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Large pay and display car park (not managed by English Heritage) 20 metres from entrance. Meters accept coins and cards.
    • SHOP: Visitor Centre sells extensive range of English Heritage gifts and themed souvenirs including a castle themed gifts, maps, books and Yorkshire clothing.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets.
    • EXHIBITION: 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.
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