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Whether you want the stunning scenery and history of the North York moors, the attractions of the seaside 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 provides a perfect base to explore this unique region overflowing with history, heritage and unrivalled scenery. Around the market square is an eclectic mix of cafes, bookshops, galleries, and delicatessens, providing the best Yorkshire has to offer. This was recognised in the town receiving the Best Market Town award in the 2015 British High Street Awards.

Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard are both on our doorstep, whilst the cultural delights of York, Fountains Abbey, and the seaside resorts of Whitby and Scarborough are all within easy reach. The Cleveland Way begins from Helmsley in the shadow of the imposing 12th Century castle ruins, and mountain bike routes abound on the surrounding heather-covered moorlands and at nearby Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest. With quiet country roads in the Vale of Pickering and Howardian Hills, and more challenging routes across the North York Moors, the area is equally popular for road cycling.

FREE WI-FI available throughout the hostel for guests!

The Hostel

The hostel has 35 beds in 7 rooms: two x 4-bedded, four x 6-bedded and one fully wheelchair accessible 3-bedded 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.

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, or use our live chat service for more information.


Hot and cold buffet breakfasts are served in the mornings. Just us from 7.30 until 9.00am. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring.

Supper Club

YHA Helmsely offers the YHA Supper Club menu. Supper Club is a set three course meal served at 7pm where guests have the opportunity to sit with other guests in the hostel, sharing stories and swapping tales about your adventures. Our Supper Club is open to the public as well as guests, so please let us know in advance if you'd like to join us.

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is available per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


We have a good range of wines and bottled beers from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. A selection of hot and cold soft drinks are also available.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our very well equipped self-catering kitchen contains two domestic sized ovens, one microwave, two kettles, a freezer, two large larder fridges plus plenty of pans, cutlery, plates and glasses.


Along with the regular Supper Club menu, the hostel can provide special meals for clubs and groups.

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