North Yorkshire

Malton is a town and the administrative centre in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.

A town is famous for its food. Malton hosts an annual Malton Food Lovers Festival celebrating all the best of Yorkshire produce and cooking (August 28-30 in 2021).

There are also monthly food markets in the Market Place on the second Saturday of the month.

Separated by the River Derwent, which was once the boundary of the North Riding and East Riding of Yorkshire, the town is close to what is now its North Yorkshire neighbour Norton-on-Derwent.

Malton has a railway and bus station, although these are actually in Norton and reached across a river bridge from Malton town centre, which is marginally nearer than the main street of Norton.

Malton has been a historic centre of the area since Roman times when there was a fort in the area now known as Orchard Fields where excavations have found evidence of pottery and coinage.

Around 1,000 years later neighbouring land at Castle Gardens was the site of a wooden and later stone Norman castle. Only ruins of this remained by the 16th century and towards the end of that century a new house was built there, however this was pulled down in 1674 and its stonework divided. The site has been open to the public as gardens since being acquired by the district council in 1995.

 Town features

Malton is close to the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town is on the River Derwent.
Malton has a good range of independent shops. Malton offers an outdoor market (Monthly food).
The town has a Post Office.
Malton has bank and building society branches.
The town has pharmacies.
Malton has several pubs.
Malton has a selection of places to eat.
The town has a library.
There are public toilets in the town.


Malton station

Managed by: TransPennine Express
Operator/s: TransPennine Express -

Northern - Malton   Station and departure information at Northern website.

Bus travel

The town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages, the Yorkshire coast, York and Leeds.

Road travel

Malton can be reached via the (A64) B1257 B1249 .

Places to visit

North York Moors National Park

The Ryedale district north of Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering includes some of the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park. The park covers a total of 554 square miles (1,435 square kilometres). Within its area are moorland and coast, historic stateley homes, remains of castles and abbeys and attractive villages. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway provides a historic railway journey into the National Park from Pickering. For more information see our page dedicated to the North York Moors.

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Castlegate, Pickering
Pickering Castle was originally built as a Norman motte and bailey timber castle at a time when the Manor of Pickering was held by the king, William the Conqueror, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. It was mostly rebuilt in stone between 1180 and 1236, although the stonework of the outer bailey was not completed until about 1326 in the reign of Edward II. The castle then guarded the nearby forest, was also used as a court and prison and was the place where Edward II's royal stud was managed. The castle's remains are well-preserved in comparison to some other castles as it did not suffer during the War of the Roses or the English Civil War. The castle is managed by English Heritage.

More information at the  English Heritage - Pickering Castle website.
Find on map:  Pickering Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Helmsley Castle is at the western side of Helmsley overlooking the River Rye. The ruins provide an insight into the development and remodelling of the castle between the 12th and 14th centuries and the Tudor mansion house created on the site in the 16th century. An unusual feature of the early castle was the creation of two great towers rather than the more common single keep. Although through most of its life it was the centre of a family estate, the castle was briefly in royal hands when in 1478 it was bought by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who owned the castle until his death as King Richard III in 1485, after which it reverted to family ownership. In the English Civil War the castle had been held for the Royalists, but surrendered to Parliament in November 1644, after which it was slighted. The castle, managed by English Heritage, is open daily except from November to mid-February when there are weekend opening times. Helmsley is also the location of an English Heritage archaeology store for the north of England which can be visited on pre-bookable monthly tours.

Find out more at the  English Heritage - Helmsley Castle website.
Find on map:  Helmsley Castle

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire
The first Cistercian abbey in the North of England was founded in 1132 but became one of the most important in the country, quickly growing to a 650-strong community within its first 30 years. However by the time of supression of the monastery in December 1538 the number had fallen to 23 monks. The abbey in the valley of the River Rye in the North York Moors National Park has substantial remains, particularly of its 13th century church which were saved from further collapse by repair work 100 years ago. The abbey also has a museum containing architectural stonework and other artefacts found at the site, including chess pieces, coins and small personal possessions. The visitor centre also has a tearoom. Rievaulx is 2.5 miles west-north-west of Helmsley and about 11 miles east of Thirsk. The abbey is managed by English Heritage.

More information at the  English Heritage - Rievaulx Abbey website.  Find Rievaulx Abbey on map

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall Situated on the banks of the River Rye, around a 7 mile drive from Helmsley, 10 miles from Malton and 13 miles from Pickering, Nunnington Hall offers the chance to explore period rooms of a Yorkshire manor house. Although there has been a large house at the site since the mid 13th century, the present Hall has developed from one of the Tudor period with extensive remodelling in the late 17th century. The house has an organic walled garden, spring flowering meadows and a tea room. It also houses one of the finest collections of scale miniature period rooms, offers a changing programme of art and photography exhibitions and hosts various events including the Ryedale Book Festival. The house is managed by the National Trust.
More information at the  National Trust - Nunnington Hall web pages.
Locate on map:  Nunnington Hall

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey

Byland, near Coxwold, North Yorkshire
Byland Abbey features the ruins of one of the largest and grandest Cistercian abbey churches in England. Completed towards the end of the 12th century, it is noted for its Gothic architecture which inspired that in other church buildings, including York Minster. The lower portion of a huge rose window gives some idea of the scale and magnificence of the building before the dissolution of the monastery. The abbey also has tiled floors surviving from the 13th century. The abbey is in the North York Moors National Park about 5 miles south-west of Helmsley (6 miles by road) and 8 miles east-south-east of Thirsk (12 miles by road). The abbey is managed by English Heritage.

More information at  English Heritage - Byland Abbey website.
Find on map:  Byland Abbey


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Grosmont Pickering to Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby
A heritage railway running for 18 miles through the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park. The line runs from Pickering, through Goathland, one of Yorkshire's famous TV and film locations to Grosmont with some journeys extended over the Network Rail Esk Valley line to the picturesque seaside harbour town of Whitby. The 10,000-member charitable Trust behind the railway celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. With more than 350,000 passengers a year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is possibly the most popular heritage railway in the world.

For details see the  North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.

Castle Howard

The Stray, between Welburn and Coneysthorpe, near Malton
Castle Howard One of Britain's finest stately homes is set in 1,000 acres of grounds scattered with temples, statues and follies. Situated about 5 miles west of Malton, it has been home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. The grounds have been opened to the public all year round and the house from April to October. Built to a design of Sir John Vanbrugh, work began in 1699 and took more than 100 years to complete. The house was beautifully restored after a devastating fire in November 1940. More recently Castle Howard has become familiar as Brideshead of the 1980s TV adaptation and 2008 film version of Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited'.
Further details can be found on the Castle Howard official website.
Locate on map:  Castle Howard

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

Eden Camp Museum, Malton Off Edenhouse Road, near A64/A169 junction, Malton
The museum, just north of the A64 Malton by-pass, is the site of what was established in 1942 as a Second World War camp to house Italian Prisoners of War. It also provided accomodation for Polish forces for a time before returning to use as a prison camp for German prisoners. After a number of post-war uses, a museum was opened in 1987 and has seen a growing number of displays in the original camp huts concentrating mainly on the Second World War but also covering the home front and post-war housing with further exhibits on the First World War and conflicts since the Second World War.
Further details at the  Eden Camp website.

Flamingo Land

Kirkby Misperton
Opened as a zoo in 1959, Flamingo Land has since the 1970s been blended with a growing number of theme park rides and now also offers a holiday village. The resort, covering 375 acres, is situated 3 miles south-south-west of Pickering and 5 miles north of Malton.

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham, near Malton
Situated in a beautiful section of the Derwent Valley around 5 miles south-west of Malton are the remains of the Augustinian Kirkham Priory. The Grade I listed priory dates from the 1120s and includes an impressive portion of its late 13th century gatehouse with sculptures of St George and the dragon, David and Goliath and heraldry of the lords of Helmsley Castle. Church walls from the 13th century and stone foundations also remain. The site is managed by English Heritage.

More information at the  English Heritage - Kirkham Priory website.
Find on map:  Kirkham Priory

Sheriff Hutton Castle

Sheriff Hutton Castle

Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire
The village of Sheriff Hutton has the spectacular towering ruins of a medieval castle. The stone castle was built during the 1390s on a different site from an earlier 12th century wood and earthwork castle in Sheriff Hutton, built by the Sheriff of York. In the 14th century the land passed to the Neville family, which was responsible for raising the crenellated stone building. The quadrangular design with stone towers at its corners was of similar style to the more intact Castle Bolton, near Redmire. Just over 70 years after its building, Sheriff Hutton Castle became a royal castle. In the year before his marriage in 1472 to Anne Neville it was granted to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who would 11 years later begin his short reign as King Richard III. Middleham Castle, granted at the same time, would however become the main residence for Richard's household. The castle remained in Crown hands and, in the 1520s, for a few years became the childhood home of Henry FitzRoy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII. Young Henry was born in 1519 to Elizabeth Blount, lady-in-waiting to the queen, Catherine of Aragon. The decay of the castle started in the 1600s when the castle was sold and stone was plundered for buildings around a new manor house. Today, the castle ruins and adjoining farm continue to be in private ownership, but are now promoted as a wedding and events venue. The ruins can, however, be easily seen from footpaths surrounding the castle site.

More information at the  Sheriff Hutton Castle website.
Find on map:  Sheriff Hutton Castle

Wharram Percy

Near Wharram-le-Street
Wharram Percy is the best preserved of many deserted medieval villages across Yorkshire. Situated in a beautiful hidden valley in the Yorkshire Wolds, the village was abandoned early in the 16th century after being occupied for around six centuries before that. The part-ruined church with its half-collapsed tower provides some clues as to when the village initially grew. Foundations of other buildings have also been exposed during archealogical excavations. The village can only be reached by a walk along sometimes muddy paths, the nearest road being just under a mile away. However, the deserted village offers an attractive place to pause on longer walking routes, including the Yorkshire Wolds Way and Centenary Way.
Find out more at the  English Heritage - Wharram Percy website.

Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Civil parish council

Malton Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Malton Town Council

District authority

Ryedale District Council

With its administrative centre in Malton, Ryedale District Council covers 575 square miles (1,489 square kilometres) and serves around 52,900 residents.

It is one of the seven large district councils within the North Yorkshire County Council area. Its population, slightly below that of Richmondshire, is the least among Yorkshire's district authorities, although this partly results from the 1996 round of council boundary tweaking when around half its original population were moved into an expanded City of York unitary authority district.

The district has boundaries to its south-west with the City of York, with North Yorkshire neighbours Hambleton in the west and Scarborough in the East and with the East Riding of Yorkshire to the south.

Much of the north of the district lies within the North York Moors National Park while the west of the district includes most of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In addition to Malton, Ryedale includes the towns of Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering and Norton-on-Derwent and many villages.

The council is divided into 20 wards, each served by between one and three councillors. All 30 councillors are elected every four years, with elections due in 2019. There are also 121 parishes within Ryedale, 91 having a civil parish council and the remainder holding parish meetings.

Link to  Ryedale District Council website.

The political composition after the May 2019 election was:

30 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes the Ryedale borough and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and  City of York.
 Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire


-1974 Most of the Rydale district was within North Riding of Yorkshire, however the area south of the River Derwent, including Norton-on-Derwent, was within the East Riding of Yorkshire.
1996 Ryedale was reduced in size when the City of York expanded and became a unitary authority. Although the area lost was relatively small compared to the overall area of Ryedale, it did house around half its original population.

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