History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Impressive late 13th century barbican gates. Also, former residence of the Duke of Buckingham.
Espec's castle was rebuilt by Robert de Roos and his descendants, beginning in the 13th century. It is this second phase of building that we can see today in the impressive barbican gates and the unusual D-shaped east tower.
However, the grim early fortress was later remodelled into a comfortable residence by the Manners family during the 16th century. They converted the central block into a suite of rooms featuring ornate plasterwork and panelling, much of which is still in place.
In 1644 the castle was besieged by Parliamentary troops for three months until the garrison was forced to surrender. It then became the residence of the Duke of Buckingham and his wife, the daughter of Thomas Fairfax, the Parliamentary commander.
The Cleveland Way National Trail passes near the site, and leads to Rievaulx Abbey, about 4 miles away.
About Helmsley Castle
Address: Castlegate, Helmsley, North York Moors, Yorkshire, England, YO62 5AB
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Just off the market square in Helmsley. Paid and free parking available.
Website: Helmsley Castle
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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