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Kirkham Priory

Malton Ln, York YO60 7JS, UK

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About Kirkham Priory

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. Kirkham Priory was founded as an Augustinian monastic house around 1120 by Walter Espec, Lord of Helmsley.   The area was later used to test the D-Day landing vehicles and was visited by Winston Churchill. The ruins are now Grade I listed and in the care of English Heritage.


Attractions near Kirkham Priory

Castle Howard5.18km from Kirkham Priory

Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors, landscaped gardens and adventure playground and so more to enjoy.  The house is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and in a two-hour 2008 adaptation for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.

Yorkshire Lavender8.51km from Kirkham Priory

Yorkshire Lavender is a lavender farm with a garden and a nursery, situated in the Howardian Hills. There is a Mediterranean Dry Garden, Sensory Garden and Lavender Maze.  This award-winning Lavender Farm and Gardens is set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They propagate and sell a huge range of unusual perennials, biennials, annuals, grasses, alpines and wildflowers together with a large selection of lavender and herb plants in our Specialist Plant Nursery.

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum9.92km from Kirkham Priory

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yorkshire in England.It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts. After the prisoners left, the camp was used for storage and then abandoned. Its grounds then became overgrown. As the museum was being set up, much clearing, as well as repair and renovation of the buildings, was required.

Howardian Hills AONB10.62km from Kirkham Priory

The Howardian Hills stretch from Helmsley and Coxwold, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, down to Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent. It  form 79 square miles of well-wooded undulating countryside between the flat agricultural Vales of Pickering and York. It has habitats including lowland broadleaved woodland, wood pasture, veteran trees, limestone and neutral grasslands and fen meadows.

Bishop Wilton Wold12.24km from Kirkham Priory

Bishop Wilton Wold is the highest point of the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The summit, known as Garrowby Hill, lies about 5 miles north of Pocklington. Although the actual highest point is by the main road, and unattractive, the rest of this walk is a fine introduction to the region.  This is a relatively easy circular walk that works well in either direction.

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North Yorkshire is the largest non-metropolitan county and lieutenancy area in England, covering an area of 8,654 square kilometres . Around 40% of the county is covered by national parks, including most of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.