Construction of the Helmond castle began somewhere around 1325. Helmond was the replacement of an older castle, known as ‘t Oude Huys, which stood hundreds of yards west of the castle. In 1981, excavations revealed the original structure’s dungeon and a few artifacts.In the 12th century, Helmond was in possession of the Hornes and the castle’s original owners were the Berlaer family, who were then succeeded by the Cortenbach family. In the late 1600s, the castle would fall into the hands of the Arberg family and later Frederik Carel Wesselman in 1781.

A terrible fire damaged the west wing of the castle in 1549, but the structure was not demolished. In the late 1500s, attempts to besiege the castle were unsuccessful as the castle’s defenses were able to withstand the attacks. However, in the early 1600s, the castle was sieged by Prince Mauritis and State troops after the attackers launched 6 cannons at the castle. The damaged was repaired, but shortly after, the castle was once again besieged by Walen’s troops.

In 1921, the castle was sold to the municipality of Helmond by the last Lady of the family under the stipulation that the castle would be used for municipal purposes. The Lady’s wishes were respected and the castle served as a town hall from 1923 until the 1970s.Very little remains of the original interior of the castle as the structure had continually been updated throughout history. A few stucco ceilings and several fireplaces are the only original features.

Today, the castle still hosts weddings and houses a small museum that educates visitors on the history of the castle. Exhibitions include contemporary art collections as well as historical art and artifacts that educate the public about Helmond’s history.

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Raphael Bëdan (12 months ago)
Beautiful, yet expensive. From what me, my girlfriend and my brother-in-law have experienced: The outside sight of the castle is just magnificent - really a beauty - but if you try to get inside, you must pay for a €12 ticket per person. Comparing to other castles and museums in the Netherlands, Kasteel Helmond is an expensive option.
Matthijs Keij (14 months ago)
This museum received the "Kidsproof" museum award and rightfully so. There's a lot to see and do for kids. They can become an official knight when successfully completing their quest (ranging from finding items in the castle to learning about Medieval life). Many times during the year they have special events, including storytelling and live demos. The area where kids can be little painters is also a great idea. Very nice to see the interaction and how they help each other. This means it's also a good museum for adults and the entry ticket is also the admission for the other building of the museum with modern art, once you are done with dressing up like knights. Expect to spend 1.5 to 3 hours, including a short break in the cafe.
Kirkor Kasapian (15 months ago)
Really cute museum castle. The people working there were really friendly. Totally worth a visit if you're close by.
Marc Azrina (16 months ago)
Beautiful and well preserved castle. The visit was very special with unexpected storytellers throughout the castle chambers. Highly recommended!
marcosmint (2 years ago)
Definitely a spot that you need to add on your "to visit" list. If you are in Helmond don't miss it out and if you are a museum card holder, surely make the effort to visit it. Castle Helmond is a relatively small castle converted into a museum, but what the curator succeeded in doing, is making it a wonderful educational experience for kids and adults alike. It's clear a great attention was taken to recreate the atmosphere of the medieval times when this castle was built and used as a residence for the Lord.
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