For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.
This quaint market town makes a great base for a weekend away in the North York Moors. The handsome square is at its best every Friday when the market comes to town, while the Rievaulx Abbey ruins a few miles away charm all who visit.
Classy delis provide gourmet picnic fixings, and if your wardrobe isn’t up to scratch you don’t have to look far to find country casuals and fancy wellies.
Treat yourself to a fresh fruit frangipane from Cinnamon Twist, the artisan bakery, or drop into the Black Swan Tearoom for afternoon tea served with a glass of fizz.
There are rooms at the Black Swan (not to mention a secret walled garden) and more boutique-style rooms round the corner at the Feversham Arms, whose sumptuous Verbena Spa puts the zip back into any relationship.
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