Thicket Priory Gardens

Set in 18 acres of vibrant gardens, with a lake, an island, 3 bridges and a boathouse the Priory truly is a photographers dream.

World class nature reserve

The Priory is surrounded on 3 sides by Wheldrake Ings, a nature reserve of international significance. You may be lucky enough to catch sight of one of the rare birds or animals who are frequent visitors. Sightings have included , Otters, Osprey, Egrets, Roe Deer, Red Kites, Godwits, Greenshank, Cranes, White tailed Eagles, Woodpeckers, Herons and Kingfishers. The lake was originally constructed over a 1000 years ago as a carp pond to serve the first Thicket Priory which dates back to the 11th century, given it has never been fished it is likely there are a few interesting specimens !


Some of the trees at the Priory have come from Asia, Iran, Caucasian mountains and North America . It seems likely these were collected during the extensive travels of the Dunnington-Jefferson family. Some have medicinal properties , while others are rarely found outside of specialist arboretums. ** Find Out More About Thicket Priory Trees…