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About Helmsley

Helmsley is a handsome old market town with a cobbled market square and an impressively fortified Norman castle, surrounded by both banks and thick stone walls. The town itself is a collection of lovely old stone houses, pubs and inns, some of which are now the best places to stay in Helmsley.

As well as experiencing market day, which is Friday, and exploring the castle ruins, visitors come to walk the North Yorkshire Moors, visit the romantic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey and see some of the area’s wonderful gardens. You’re also just 40kms north of York.

The best places to stay in Helmsley are popular year round, so if you want to guarantee a reservation, book well ahead.

For town centre location & great spa

  • The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is right in the heart of town, a lovely old York stone building with modern interiors, including a heated pool and spa and a fine dining restaurant. There are 33 rooms, with room rates starting from £140 per night.

For a gourmet pub

  • The Pheasant is just out of town, on the southern tip of the Yorkshire Moors. Converted from a blacksmith’s workshop, the 12 hotel rooms are arranged around a central courtyard full of fruit trees. There’s also an indoor pool and an award-winning restaurant.
  • The Star Inn is a neighbour of The Pheasant, a relaxed pub/ restaurant with eight rooms and lots of character: think thatch, exposed beams and some wonderfully inspired cooking.

    Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Helmsley, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our Yorkshire recommendations or those in the North Yorks Moors.

    Best Hotels in Helmsley

    • Star Inn 8 rooms from $195

      Harome, Yorkshire

      Michelin-starred gastropub-with-rooms in a peaceful farming village, close to the North York Moors. Comfortably rustic rooms in hunting-lodge style, free-ranging hens plus warm, friendly service create a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.

      Foodies  -  A north Yorkshire restaurant through and through which holds one Michelin Star
      Great walks  -  Circular walks from the pub or longer hikes
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the medieval Hemsley Castle
      Full of character
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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    • The Pheasant 12 rooms from $202

      Near Helmsley, Yorkshire

      Tastefully converted smithy on the southern tip of the North York Moors. Central courtyard with fruit trees surrounded by attractive bedrooms. Indoor pool and award-winning restaurant.

      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa 33 rooms from $261

      Helmsley, Yorkshire

      Chic old York stone inn and spa located in a picturesque Yorkshire village. Contemporary interiors meet luxury features to make a relaxing stay. Enjoy a diverse menu at the Weathervane, relax at the heated pool and indulge in spa treatments. A luxurious stay for local exploring.

      Foodies  -  Foodies will love the locally sourced and expertly crafted menu, plus a hearty breakfast is included in the price.
      Romantic Break  -  A secluded spot to getaway together, with tandem massages, deep soaking tubs, cosy corners and crakling fires.
      Great walks  -  The hotel is on the edge of the Moors and close to a National Park, an ideal spot for rambling.
      Sights nearby  -  Helmsley Castle, Castle Howard and Helmsley Walled Garden are all worth checking out.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels
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