Kirkham Priory

About Kirkham Priory

Beautifully placed between the city of York and the town of Malton, the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley near the Yorkshire Wolds.

Kirkham Priory's ruins - Copyright of English HeritageAt this peaceful priory, learn all about the secret visit of Winston Churchill during the Second World War and unlock the connection between Helmsley Castle and the priory.

Kirkham Priory's architecture- Copyright of English Heritage

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

Don't miss:

  • The story behind Winston Churchill's secret visit
  • The Gatehouse, bedecked with the heraldry of the De Roos family
Visit Kirkham Priory


Kirkham Priory provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out

Car parking

Free parking for about 50 vehicles on gravel surface (not managed by English Heritage), located 100 metres from site. Please be aware that the site can become very busy on summer weekends.

Toilets and baby changing facilities

Unisex / accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.

Picnic site

Picnic benches are available on site.

Dogs at Kirkham Priory

Dogs are welcome throughout the site.

Getting here

Contact us

Kirkham Priory, Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS
Tel 01653 618768


5 miles south-west of Malton, on a minor road off A64

Public transport

Ryecat 184 to Kirkham Priory village Tuesdays only. Otherwise Yorkshire Coastliner X40, 840, 843 & 845 (pass York and Malton railway station) to Whitwell On The Hill then 3⁄4 mile walk

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