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Kirkham Priory

Kirkham PrioryKirkham Priory

Located between the city of York and the town of Malton, the majestic riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley on the edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Explore the 13th century Gatehouse with elaborate heraldic carvings, see the newly uncovered medieval floor tiles and unlock the connection between Helmsley Castle and the priory. Learn about the secret visit of Winston Churchill during World War II and the role the Priory played in the lead-up to the D-Day landings.

A perfect place to stop on a family day out or if you're walking or cycling in the area; discover the story of a monk's life or simply enjoy a picnic by the river in the Augustinian ruins.


Good access although manual wheelchair users may wish to bring an assistant. Accessible toilets available.

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