Helmsley has a pretty market square, surrounded by tea rooms, cafes and eateries. The only market town within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park - the Cleveland Way starts here.  The medieval castle ruins are well worth a visit, and the atmospheric Riveaulx Abbey is found a few miles to the north west.  We also love the National Centre for Birds of Prey which is open year round, within the stunning grounds of Duncombe Park where the landscape gardens are also open to the public.  Beer lovers will enjoy a visit to Helmsley Brewing Company.

Malton has most definitely earned it's reputation as Yorkshire's Food Capital. Visit the monthly food market (second Saturday every month), or the annual 3 day Malton Food Lovers Festival (August 28, 29, 30, 2021). Or explore the many artisan shops and independent producers located all around this beautiful Georgian town.  Other places to visit include Rare Bird Gin Distillery, Scampston Hall and Walled Garden, and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

York has so much to offer. This beautiful city with Roman origins is well known for it's impressive Gothic Cathedral -York Minster.  Book a tour of the Minster, amble through the charming cobbled streets including the much photographed Shambles, or take a walking tour of the City Walls and view York from a different perspective. Visit the National Railway Museum (free entry!) or Yorvik Viking Centre - both great indoor options for a rainy day.