St Helens Church and gravestones in Escrick


The magnificent Grade II* Gothic Revival style Church reveals the fascinating and unique history of the interwoven stories of estate, church and village.


St Helen's Church, Escrick, Escrick, York, UK

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Opening Hours

St Helen’s is open daily between 8am and 5pm.

Explore the wonderful Church with the help of our audio tour, guide book or exhibition. Take time to admire the unique and precious memorials and discover why Escrick has had three churches.

For families we have some tricky trails, a children’s interactive and a discovery box.

After visiting the church you can follow our village trail to discover the stories and history of the Estate village.

In 1086 Escrick consisted of two estates which were brought together between 1145 and 1219 when St Mary’s Abbey granted the land to the de Lascelles family. In 1668, it was bought by Sir Henry Thompson, a notable Merchant Adventurer of York and ancestor to the present estate owning family. In over 800 years this is the only time the estate has been sold. This sense of continuity and stability has contributed significantly to the relationship between church, village and estate.

It is this relationship that has created the unique heritage of Escrick, which we welcome you to explore.

The current Church was designed by F C Penrose and dedicated in 1857.  It is the third church in the village and the second on this site.  Following a devastating fire in 1923 the church was brought back to its former glory.

 Come in, look around, light a candle or sit a while to experience a little peace in a busy world.

Escrick Heritage also runs a lively programme of events, talks and activities. Please see our website for more details.

  • Accepts groups
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit / debit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Dogs not accepted (except guide dogs)
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for groups
  • Parking
  • Public toilets
  • Wheelchair friendly
Escrick Church
Stained Glass Windows at St Helens Church Escrick
The Bapptistery at St Helens Church Escrick
The Medieval Knight at Escrick Heritage
St Helens Church and gravestones in Escrick