Castlegate, HELMSLEY, YO62 5AB
This is an atmospheric ruin with formidable double earthworks. The castle was built for defence rather than show - although it didn't see any military action until the Civil War. It was here that the troops of Colonel Jordan Crossland, a loyal supporter of Charles I, were besieged by the Parliamentarian army of Sir Thomas Fairfax, which numbered a thousand troops. The siege lasted three months. It might have lasted longer, but Royalist reinforcements were intercepted, and provisions confiscated. Crossland, forced to surrender, marched out of the castle on 22 November 1644, 'with colours flying and drums beating'. While the Parliamentarians accepted this amicable surrender, they dismantled enough of the castle to ensure that it could never again be used by any side in a conflict. They failed in their attempts to blow up the Norman keep, however, and the eastern wall still stands to its full height of 97 feet, giving you an idea of what an impressive fortification it once was.
Tel: 01439 770442
£5.20 (ch 5-15 £3.10, concessions £4.70). Family (2ad+2ch) £13.50. Members free
Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6
Oct, daily 10-5
3 Nov-15 Feb & 21 Feb-29 Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4
16-20 Feb, daily 10-4. Closed 24-26 & 31 Dec & 1 Jan
Dogs allowed in grounds only
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
Most areas fully accessible, slight incline start site tour
Full ground level ramps, wheelchair loan, virtual tour, handrails, tour transcripts
Near to town ctr