Feeding the ducks at Helmsley - Photo:
The castle was bought in
1689 by Sir Charles Duncombe of nearby
Duncombe Park, but fell into disrepair when he
decided to live in a 200-room mansion in the
The castle was probably
built by Walter L’Espec who also founded
nearby Rievaulx Abbey - the first Cistercian
house to be built in the north of England.
Founded in 1131 it is one of the most
magnificent ruins in the country, with fine
views and an unusual terrace.