A ruined castle built in about 1200 with a 13th century barbican. The walls and keep were increased in height in the 14th century as a result of Scotish attacks. The curtain walls were slighted in 1644 after the castle was captured by Parliament in the Civil War but the keep and impressive earthworks remain.
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|In the town, 10 miles east of Thirsk on the A130|
|Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AB|