Actually, there's quite a lot to see in the area surrounding the market town, and we had these places in mind when as we drove into the car park. We knew Helmsley Castle was near the town centre. What we didn't know was that we'd parked the car right next to it! Peter spotted the entrance as we were walking out of the car park, so that was it, we decided to go look see.
I have to say, looking at the English Heritage website pictures of Helmsley Castle, I wasn't expecting much, but I was wrong. We were wandering around for a good hour and a half and really quite enjoyed the place. Here are the photo's.
|The castle has a moat......... Actually, it has two moats.|
|And a Keep|
|The Keep looks kinda cool from this side.|
|Like all good castles, it has really really thick walls|
|And of course a strong gate. A sign of wealth and power|
|Then there are the living quarters for the lords and ladies. This hall is quite impressive inside.|
|I really like these windows, I think this is the older part of the hall.|
|This is in the new part of the hall, all the original panelling and fittings from Elizabethan times.|
|Hybrid Peregrine Falcon. Apparently full bred Peregrines are too difficult to train.|
|Yellow Billed Kite|
|Grey Buzzard Eagle|