Kirkham Priory

Address: Kirkham Priory, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS
Phone: 01653 618768

Kirkham Priory: A Tranquil Ruin in the Derwent Valley

Kirkham Priory, a picturesque ruin nestled between York and Malton on the banks of the River Derwent, offers a glimpse into medieval England through its well-preserved Augustinian monastery ruins, including a stunning 13th-century gatehouse.

The idyllic surroundings make it perfect for a peaceful day out, with opportunities for walks, picnics, and wildlife watching.

Kirkham Priory offers a blend of natural beauty and rich history!


The admission prices for Kirkham Priory are as follows:

  • Adults: £6.20
  • Concessions (students, seniors): £5.60
  • Children (aged 5-17): £3.70
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + up to 3 children): £16.10
  • English Heritage Members: Free

Booking online in advance can save you up to 15% on ticket prices.

Features/Things To Do

Visitors to Kirkham Priory can enjoy various activities and attractions:

  • Explore the Ruins: Wander through the remains of the priory, including the impressive gatehouse and monastic buildings.
  • Historical Displays: Learn about the priory’s history and its role during World War II as a training ground for the D-Day landings.
  • Scenic Walks: Enjoy walks along the River Derwent and through the surrounding countryside.
  • Picnicking: Relax and have a picnic in the peaceful grounds of the priory.
  • Wildlife Watching: Spot local wildlife in the tranquil setting of the priory grounds and the nearby river​.

Kirkham Priory On The Map


Kirkham Priory is easily accessible by car and public transport:

By Car:

  • Address: Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS. There is parking available on-site.

By Public Transport:

  • Bus: The Coastliner buses (#840, 843, 845) run from York to Whitwell-on-the-Hill, from where it is a 15-20 minute walk to the priory.

A visit to Kirkham Priory offers a blend of historical exploration and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for a peaceful and informative day out.

Plan your visit today to experience the tranquility and history of Kirkham Priory!

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