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Whether you want the stunning scenery and history of the North York Moors, the charming attractions of North Yorkshire’s coastline or the cultural delights of the city of York, then YHA Helmsley is the ideal base.
Located in one the prettiest market towns in North Yorkshire, this cosy purpose built property is perfect for exploring this unique region overflowing with history, heritage and unrivalled scenery. Helmsley itself was recognised as the Best Market Town award in the 2015 British High Street Awards, owing to its cafes, bookshops, galleries, and delicatessens.
Why guests love YHA Helmsley
Accommodation at YHA Helmsley
The hostel has 40 beds in 8 rooms: two x 4-bedded, four x 6-bedded one x 5-bedded en-suite room and one fully wheelchair accessible 3-bedded en-suite room.
All bedrooms have washbasins, mirror and shaver points, and modern sturdy metal beds with individual bedlights. The ground floor public rooms are open-plan, making it easy for parents to keep an eye on their kids whilst relaxing in the conservatory dining room or on the patio. The conservatory is equally appealing whether on a warm summer's evening, or in the depths of winter when the wood burning stove is lit.
There is a TV area off to the side of the spacious dining room
The well-equipped and modern self-catering kitchen often receives praise from guests as one of the best in the network. We have travel cot, high chair and baby bath available. Please call in advance to book.
We have a secure bike shed (with space for 25-30 bikes), along with tool kit, repair stand, and pressure washer. We also have a very good drying room for those few occasions when it rains in this part of Yorkshire.
The hostel is closed during the afternoon. If you're planning to arrive before 17.00 please contact the hostel a few days before arrival to arrange access.
Cycling Facilities Available:
3x Internal Sheffield Stands (6 secure bike parking spaces)
2x External Sheffield Stands (4 secure bike locking spaces)
Wall Mounted Repair Station with selection of tools.
Portable Washer and brushes.
A basis selection of spares is available for sale onsite.
The campsite is a lovely lawned area to the side of the hostel. As the only campsite in Helmsley itself, the site is perfect for families, Cleveland Way walkers and touring cyclists. Unfortunately limited access means we are unable to accommodate camper vans or trailer tents.
Once checked-in from 5pm, campers will have 24 hour access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, toilets and showers. The drying room and laundry are available between 8am and 10pm.
Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping field.
Camp fires are strictly prohibited on the site. Portable BBQs may be used, but must be positioned off the ground. Along with the general YHA restrictions on bringing your own alcohol, due to the hostel's location in a quiet residential area, site specific licensing conditions also mean that alcohol cannot be consumed on the campsite. Alcohol purchased from the hostel bar maybe consumed within the building and designated patio area.
Hire the whole place
This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.
Food and drink at YHA Helmsley
- Ambulant accessible
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Wheelchair accessible
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- En suite rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Trade bookings
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 21.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: No. From 1st March to 31st October, YHA Helmsley is open at weekends and during school holidays. Monday - Thursday the hostel is available for group bookings. Beds and rooms may become available three months before travelling dates, so please check the website. From 1st November until 28th February, YHA Helmsley is only available for group bookings or for YHA Exclusive Hire.
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Parking: Free parking on-site.
Pets: Dogs can stay for free on our campsite. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Helmsley however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
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YHA Exclusive Hire
Want to rent the whole property to yourself? YHA Helmsley is available as an Exclusive Hire property from September to March. Please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information.
YHA School Trips
YHA Helmsley is an ideal base to explore the surrounding Yorkshire locations of York, Scarborough and Whitby, or the perfect opportunity to revel in local sites of historical significance. With plenty of outdoor activities also available, this is a great location for a range of school trips. The hostel provides group catering, classroom facilities and space for 40 people.
Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your visit.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website.
In July 1960, YHA informed the North York Moors National Park Planning Committee that the association were without hostel accommodation in the western part of the North York Moors due to the enforced closure of the former hostels at Nether Silton and Ampleforth. They asked if the Committee would build a hostel at Helmsley under the provisions of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, and sell or let it to the association. The Committee felt that they would like to help the association and, after consultation together, a site was chosen and acquired by the County Council. The County Council agreed to construct the building at an estimated cost of £15,200, on the understanding that it would be conveyed to the association for the sum of £4000 on condition that should it ever cease to be used as a Youth Hostel it would be offered back to the Council at the same price or the open market value if less. The building is the first purpose built Youth Hostel in any National Park which has been provided in the manner described since the coming into force of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act. The hostel was formally opened on Saturday 4th July 1964. The opening ceremony was attended by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Strang (Chairman of the National Parks Commission), County Alderman Colonel R.J.L. Jackson (Chairman of the North York Moors National Park Planning Committee), along with John Cadbury (President of the YHA) and Peter Rowntree (Chairman of the York, Scarborough and Hull Regional Council of the YHA).