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A prosperous and pretty market town on the Southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Black Swan Helmsley

The Black Swan Hotel and its Famous Tea Rooms in Helmsley.

It’s a fabulous place to visit and take a stroll.  With a walled castle, 5-acre walled gardens, wonderful shops, gallery, outdoor public bathing pool, and the Gothic ruin of Rievaulx Abbey close-by, it would be easy to spend a whole day exploring the area.  Dining out is well catered for with the Black Swan, Royal Oak and The Feathers all being in the town centre.


A splendid market town very close to Rosedale Abbey.  You’ll find everything you need here; from shops, cafes, galleries, pubs, and the market itself for your fresh fruit and veggies.


Alongside Helmsley, Pickering and Kirkymoorside, Malton is one of the larger local commercial centres to the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park..

Malton Church

Malton's Medieval Church Sits in the Towns Market Square.

A day out to Malton will have you finding lots of small traditional and independent shops.  The market place has a number of coffee bars and cafés opening all day to complement the public houses in the town.  

Eden Camp is an interesting World War II themed museum which is just outside the town and worth a visit; particularly if you’ve got children or the weather is not so good (they have lots of in-door exhibits)

The Malton Food Lovers Festival taking place in May is now an annual event that features Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs.  The festival is now known as Yorkshire's Finest.  You can also catch the mainline train here into York or over to Scarborough.


The nearest major town to both Whitby and Rosedale Abbey; and a good source for any shopping items you’ll need during your holiday in North Yorkshire.  Pay a visit to the Beck Isle Museum and have a stroll around the shops.  There is a traditional market and plenty of places to eat and drink. 

Steam train - Colin Carter

The North York Moors Railway is Accessed from Pickering Station.

Pickering is also home to one end of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) which runs from Whitby to  Grosmont and no onwards into Pickering during the summer months.

The NYMR is widely regarded as Yorkshire's premier tourist attraction.

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