Directions to the School and Places to Stay

Directions by Road

From the main roads coming from either the south or the north.

We recommend that you approach St Martin's Ampleforth from the town of Thirsk - from the south via the A1(M) and A168, or from the north via the A19.  From Thirsk there are two routes to the school which each take about 25 minutes.

First Route

From Thirsk take the A170 towards Scarborough.  Go through Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe and climb Sutton Bank (not suitable in bad weather).  Six miles after Sutton Bank at the village of Sproxton turn right towards York (B1257).  Continue on this road for about two miles.  Ignore the first two turnings signposted Ampleforth and take the third turning on the right towards York (B1363).  You will enter the village of Oswaldkirk.  In Oswaldkirk take the sharp left hand bend and continue on to the village of Gilling East.  The entrance to the school is on the right 100yards after the pub The Fairfax Arms.

Alternative Route (use in bad weather)

From Thirsk take the A19 south towards York.  After three miles turn left at the signpost for Thirkleby, Coxwold, Hemlsley. Follow this road for 4½ miles into the village of Coxwold. At the bottom of the hill in Coxwold turn left.  Follow the road through Byland and Wass.  After 1½ miles after Wass you come to Ampleforth Village.  Continue beyond the village for about two miles, going past the entrances to the Abbey and Ampleforth College on the right. When you reach Oswaldkirk village turn right at the T junction.  After 2 miles you will reach Gilling East and the entrance to the school is on the right 100 yards past the pub The Fairfax Arms.

From York

If you are leaving the city centre (station) take the B1363 road towards Helmsley.  Follow this road past the District Hospital and out of the city.  Cross the northern ring-road and travel through the villages of Stillington, Sutton on the Forest and Brandsby until you reach Gilling East.  The entrance to the school is on your right, opposite the church.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive from York station  to St Martin's Ampleforth.


Leeds/Bradford Airport is accessible by taxi. There is an hourly train service from Manchester Airport to York (about 2 hours). Teesside Airport is also nearby.


At the beginning and end of each term and half term coaches depart from St Martin's Ampleforth for pupils to catch trains from York station.  They are accompanied on this train by a member of the teaching staff.

Car Hire

The School has an arrangement with Hertz Car Hire (01904 500193) at York Station. To make a reservation parents should contact Hertz at least 24 hours in advance and they should quote Ampleforth College and the discount number CDP 712273. This arrangement is only available at the York branch of Hertz.   If you would like items such as child seats please can you inform the Hertz staff at the time of booking.

Places to stay

Ampleforth - Carr House Farm - B&B approximately 4.5 miles from school

Ampleforth - Shallowdale House - B&B approximately 4.5 miles from school

Gilling East - The Fairfax Arms - Pub and restaurant, less than 1 mile from our school at the bottom of the school drive

Gilling East - Coach House Self Catering Cottages approximately a mile from school in the village of Gilling East

Helmsley - Carlton Lodge - B&B approximately 5 miles from school

Crayke - The Durham Ox - Pub and Restaurant with Self Catering Cottages approximately 7 miles from school

Felixkirk - The Carpenters Arms - Pub and Restaurant with Self Catering Cottages approximately 15 miles from school