Discover the lost village of Wharram Percy

  • Discover the lost village of Wharram Percy © Mike Kipling
    Discover the lost village of Wharram Percy © Mike Kipling
Located in a picturesque setting, Wharram Percy is the most famous deserted medieval village in Britain.

It is difficult to imagine today that Wharram Percy would have been a busy village between the 12th and 14th centuries. Now managed by English Heritage, many of the buildings that helped to make the village flourish have gone, with only remnants visible as excavated sites, ditches or banks.

What happened to the village and its inhabitants? Find out more with the Wharram Percy History Detective Tracker Pack, which brings to life the stories of this ‘lost village’ for the whole family to enjoy. The Tracker Pack contains fun and engaging activities along a short route, offering the chance to explore the history and wildlife of the local area. Discover what life for the villagers was like; imagine how the village would have looked in medieval times; learn about how it came to be abandoned in 1500. The Tracker Pack is available to hire from Malton Tourist Information Centre for £5 (free hire on Wednesdays).

For a taster of what the Tracker Pack has to offer, click on the download link below to obtain a copy of the Pack (minus the necessary equipment).


Walking leaflet: 
Tracker pack: 

Location map

© Crown copyright and database rights 2013. Ordnance Survey 100021930.
Wharram Percy Deserted Village car park
5.6 km (3.5 miles)
3 hours
OS Map: 
OS 300


An audio tour around the village, produced by English Heritage.