Welcome home to our Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Helmsley, North Yorkshire

T 01439 770 172

E bandb@westway-cottage.co.uk

  • Blue skies over Helmsley Castle
  • Lambing time in Duncombe Park
  • Beautiful Bluebell woods near Helmsley
  • Idyllic Duncombe Park Walk
  • Helmsley Castle
  • View over the rooftops
  • Mist rising in Duncombe Park
  • Curious Cattle
  • Snowy Duncombe Park
  • Spectacular Rievaulx Abbey
  • Sutton Bank in all its glory
  • Nostalgic NY Moors Steam Railway
  • Picturesque Castlegate in Helmsley
  • Majestic Birds of Prey Centre
  • Helmsley Walled Garden in bloom


There's so much to see and do in the local area surrounding Westway Cottage

Westway Cottage B&B is located in Helmsley only a few minutes walk from the castle & a selection of fine shops, cafes, pubs & restaurants. Helmsley was the winner of the "Best Market Town" category in the 2015 "Great British High Street" awards. 

We are perfectly located for you to explore North Yorkshire, with the dramatic East Coast, the spectacular North Yorkshire Moors & the historic city of York all within easy reach. Below we have prepared some information on things to see & do in the local area to help you plan your visit to us.


Eating & Drinking

Before setting out to eat we recommend that you call ahead to check that the restaurant or pub is open & serving food. We have been caught out before! Some pubs in the area also seem to close on Mondays. Also, may of the pubs & restaurants get fully booked at weekend & busy times, so please book to avoid disappointment.

It is difficult to recommend places to eat as everyone's tastes are different! However, here are a few we have visited or have had recommended to us;

The Feathers Hotel, Market Place

Our local pub in the market square  Click here for more details

Gepetto's Restaurant, Bridge St

Our Italian restaurant (& takeaway) Click here for more details

Helmsley Spice, Bridge St

Our Indian restaurant (& takeaway) T: 01439 771777

White Swan, Ampleforth

Country pub 4 miles away - Check out their website here

White Horse, Ampleforth

Country pub with more good food! Click here for details

Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham

Another country pub! 11 miles away www.blacksmithslastingham.co.uk

Scott's Fish & Chips, Helmsley

Restaurant & takeaway - www.scottsfishandchips.co.uk

Gi Sukawaka Restaurant, Beadlam

Local glamping site with tented restaurant 3 miles away www.canadianfields.co.uk

The Star Inn, Harome

For that special occasion; booking essential, 3 miles away www.thestaratharome.co.uk

Mannions, Castlegate, Helmsley

Our newest bistro, artisan bakery & deli www.mannionandco.co.uk

Helmsley Brewing Co, Bridge St, Helmsley

Helmsley's own micro brewery! - Check out the beers here!


Helmsley also has numerous good cafes, tearooms & bakeries, including Cinnamon Twist bakery on Church St, Aunty Anne's bakery on Castlegate & Thomas the Baker, Hunters & The Black Swan Tearoom in the Market Place. We are definitely spoilt for choice!


Attractions & Days Out

Helmsley Castle

Our bit of history - Click here for details

Helmsley Walled Garden

250 year old walked garden in the shadow of Helmsley Castle - Find out more here

National Birds of Prey Centre, Helmsley

Spectacular flying displays - www.ncbp.co.uk

Rievaulx Abbey

Impressive ruins of a Cistercian Monastery. With new visitor centre & tearoom. Click here for details.

Castle Howard

A grand day out; the house, the gardens, the lake, the plant centre & the cafes! www.castlehoward.co.uk

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Take the steam train to Harry Potter & Heartbeat country www.nymr.co.uk

Eden Camp, Malton; WW2 Museum

Lest we forget - www.edencamp.co.uk


The Walls, Minster, Castle Museum, Yorvik Centre & much more - www.visityork.org


The Abbey, Steps, Pier, Sea Air & Magpie Cafe! - www.visitwhitby.com

Horse Racing

At York, Ripon, Thirsk & Wetherby - www.goracing.co.uk



The great outdoors


This is wonderful walking country & we are lucky to have access to miles of footpaths accessible by foot, bike, car and bus.

Walks from the house include the Duncombe Park circular walk & Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey which is part of the Cleveland Way.

Click here for some Helmsley walks

A little further afield, Sutton Bank provides spectacular views of the countryside, the local gliding club & the famous White Horse at Kilburn & the Farndale Daffodil walk is a lovely spring walk, but be prepared for the crowds! There are many, many walks throughout the North York Moors & Coast.

Horse Riding

Barkers Riding School, Helmsley T: 01439 770355


Kirkbymoorside Golf Course - www.kirkbymoorsidegolf.co.uk

Mountain Biking

Bike hire & bike trails at Sutton Bank  www.suttonbankbikes.co.uk

The are also good cycle trails in Dalby Forest - click here for details

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

Summer only - Click here for more details


Shopping & entertainment

Helmsley has a good selection of small independent shops, from jewellers to fishmongers, milliners to walking stick makers; check out www.visithelmsley.co.uk to find out more.

Browns of Helmsley

Our department store, selling a bit of all sorts

Hunters of Helmsley

Award winning deli in the Market Place - Check it out here

Helmsley Arts Centre

Our bit of culture; theatre, cinema & exhibitions  www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

St Albans Centre, Ampleforth

Sports Centre, 4 miles away; swimming, gym, squash - Click here for details

Malton Palace Cinema

Quaint old fashioned cinema, 16 miles away www.palacemalton.info


York is the biggest shopping centre locally. It will take about 35 minutes to drive there & we suggest you use the Park & Ride at Monks Cross or Rawcliffe Bar to get into the city.

Everything from large chains (4 out of town shopping centres at Clifton Moor, Monks Cross, Vanguarde & McArthur Glen Designer Outlet) to small, interesting independent shops, Vue cinema, Ten pin bowling, theatres, Betty's Tearoom & plenty of history! www.visityork.org

Ghost Walks

York & Whitby - very haunted parts of Yorkshire!


Good shopping, Betty's Tearoom, Lewis & Cooper (gourmet food store) Click here for more info


North Yorkshire's charming spa town www.visitharrogate.co.uk