Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

The remains of the church at Wharram Percy.
Windows within the remains of the church at Wharram Percy.
A view across the lake to the church at Wharram Percy.

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North Yorkshire

Before You Go

Wharram Percy is one of the largest and best preserved of Britain's 3,000 or so known deserted medieval villages. It is also undoubtedly the most famous. For over 60 years, archaeologists have pioneered new techniques here to understand what life was like in the village and why it was eventually deserted.

Perched on the side of a remote and beautiful valley in the Yorkshire Wolds, the village was continuously occupied for six centuries before it was abandoned soon after 1500. Today you can trace the outlines of many lost houses on a grassy plateau above the substantial remains of the church and the millpond.

Read more about Wharram Percy's history.

Before You Go

Access: It is a long walk (about ¾ mile) from the car park to the site, parts of which are steep and muddy. The site contains rugged terrain which can be challenging, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present on the path. 

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Plan a Great Day Out

Wharram Percy is only a 25 minute drive from the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory. There is a small shop at the priory serving light refreshments. There is also a picnic area.

The village is also roughly halfway between Scarborough Castle and Clifford's Tower in York, making Wharram Percy a great stop off to break up the journey from the city to the coast.

Guidebook: Wharram Percy

Price: £2.50

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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