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Black Swan - At A Glance

Appealing Yorkshire inn set on a pretty market square.

It’s hard to miss the Black Swan as you sail into the Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. Minutes from the north Yorkshire moors, this former coaching inn sits centre stage on the old town square.

Know It All

Hit the spot
In the Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, near Whitby.
Be savvy
It’s traditional, rather than trendy.
Be smitten
Mellow market square charmer.


Rooms and suites
45 rooms and suites

Special features
Newer Classic rooms are located in the garden wing, while Feature rooms with period features overlook the market square. All have a hospitality tray, Pecksniff’s Mood Therapy toiletries and internet access.

The four roomy Superior rooms are family friendly – just in case you have little ones in tow.

Pillow Talk
Go for a Feature room overlooking Helmsley’s market square for the max character. Newer Classic rooms in the garden wing are simpler but more secluded.

Eat & Drink

Dining in
Dine on good Yorkshire fare at the Black Swan’s Rutland restaurant, where chef Andrew Burton’s specialities include breast of guinea fowl with Helmsley black pudding, local game and bavette of beef with Savoy cabbage.

Buffet breakfast is served until 9:45 on weekdays, 10:00 at weekends.

Room service

Available 24 hours.

See & Do

See & Do
North Yorkshire has a wealth of attractions. Stroll to nearby Rievaulx Abbey or go walking on the moors and hop aboard the North Yorks Steam Railway to see some of the region’s finest national park scenery. Head for Robin Hood’s Bay on the coast and make room for a fish-and-chip lunch at Whitby. Racing fans can have a flutter at the Catterick, Wetherby or York races. The historic attractions of York are also within easy reach. 


You’re just yards away from the Verbena Spa at sister hotel the Feversham Arms. There’s a fully equipped heat experience – saunarium, aromatherapy room, rasul bath, salt vapour room, monsoon showers and ice cave. The GBP 25 per day user fee is refunded if you spend £50 or more on treatments.

Seven treatment rooms – one designed for side-by-side massage – invite you to be pummelled and preened. There’s also an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, relaxation room with terrace, spa-tisserie and juice bar.

Diary Dates
Celebrity chefs take to the stage at Castle Howard’s annual food festival at Ryedale. There’s also a Christmas fair in December.

Summer months
Open air concerts are staged at nearby Dalby Forest.

There’s music, dance at theatre at the Helmsley Arts festival.

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Rates guide

GBP 100-240


Open all year.

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Welcome, at GBP 10 each.

Air conditioning

Wedding license?

Cilvil weddings and receptions with up to 150 guests can be catered for, and you wont have to hire the whole hotel.

Getting There

Market Place, Helmsley, Yorkshire YO62 5BJ


There is free parking at the rear of the Inn.

York station – 27 miles. You can also take a bus from Scarborough to the centre of Helmsley – a very pretty ride.

GBP 35 from York.

Leeds-Bradford (36 miles) or Teesside (23 miles).