Lying on the edge of the North York Moors, Kirkbymoorside’s name literally means church-by-the-moor-side. The broad cobble lined main street is flanked by fine Georgian buildings, and the town boasts many historic buildings, including one of the most famous buildings in the area, Buckingham House.
Through the years, two castles have stood in the town and small fragments of one can be seen to this day on the north edge of the town. Stones from one castle were used to build the Toll House in the centre of the market place. The Memorial Hall is to be found in the main street and holds many local social and official functions.
Walks from the town can lead to the moors towards Hutton-le-Hole or west into Kirkdale woods. Set in the peaceful valley of Kirkdale, St Gregory’s Minster commemorates its construction with a rare Anglo-Saxon sundial.