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“Another great Yorkshire Religious House”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory
Ranked #67 of 200 things to do in York
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England
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694 reviews
358 attraction reviews
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“Another great Yorkshire Religious House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Visited the Priory on a glorious sunny September morning. After parking, decided to double-back over the old stone bridge to the south side of the River Derwent, walking along the bank, passed the weir, through the tunnel of beech trees, and stopping at the plantation of corn-on-the-cob. Returning to the Priory, I studied the gatehouse with its many fascinating carvings. The site itself is a large one but not as large or complete as Fountains Abbey - but is still very imposing. The entrance fee is very moderate & is good value. There's plenty to read about the history of the site, including why Winston Churchill paid a secret visit to the Priory during the 2nd. World War! Then drove a very short distance to the excellent Stone Trough Inn for a very good Sunday lunch.

Visited September 2013
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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“Excellent spot for a picnic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

One of my favourite places close to where I live. Peaceful and safe to let the kids run around. Great spot for a picnic overlooking the river. Good value for money at £3.50 admission, but as a member of English Heritage I can go as often as I like for free. Would highly recommend joining English Heritage as so many sites across Yorkshire.

Visited July 2013
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Leeds
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“Lovely day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Was meant to originally go to fountains abbey but then checked the price! Kirkham abbey is perfect for a look around and then picnic and playtime for the kids. Really quiet too so lots of area for us to play outdoor games and older kids were able to wonder off and explore. Not far from priory is a river, horses and cows which amused the younger children! Will be visiting again. Only criticism is car park which is free (and small) so therefore gets busy quickly.

Visited July 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“A perfect picnic spot, visited 16th June 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

I have many happy memories of picnicking here as a child and was worried that returning after such a long time might spoil the memory but I needn't have worried. My husband, our two dogs and myself spent a lovely Sunday afternoon wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the architecture. It is an English Heritage property and the lady who was working that day was a credit to the organisation. The site is tidy, easy to negotiate with plenty of open areas to sit down and picnic and ample photo opportunities. The only thing that spoils it slightly and cannot be helped is the lack of parking due to walkers who fill the free car park without visiting the site as is the case with many attractions in the area.

Visited June 2013
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Kirkby-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

We visited Kirkham Priory on a Saturday on a beautiful sunny day. As there is no shade I would recommend taking relevant sun/wind/rain protection. The priory ruins are well maintained but I would advise adhering to the 'no climbing on the walls' requests. This is an English Heritage property and there is a small information centre which does have refreshments for sale. There is a coffee/tea machine and prepacked cakes/biscuits and facilities for four to sit comfortably. A packed lunch/picnic is also recommended.

After viewing the ruins we took a walk along the river. This is quite treacherous in parts though the woods. I would recommend sturdy walking boots/shoes and a pair of walking sticks for aid.

The main York to Scarborough railway line runs adjacent to the ruins and entry from the A64 is via a level crossing. The roads are narrow with sharp bends.

We were advised there was a public house in the next village which then leads on to other wolds villages.

A very worth while visit.

Visited June 2013
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