Kirklington is an attractive Yorkshire village, centred around a well-kept green. The church of St Michael is medieval and contains banners and armour of the Wandesford family who still own the Hall. Kirklington is noted in the Domesday Book alongside Yarnwick, a lost village whose remains lie to the north of the village, between the Hall and Camp Hill prehistoric site. Evidence of roman occupation has been found but is meagre, in the form of a burial at the 'lady well' behind the Hall. A school house, now converted to housing, served the village until surprisingly recently. A neolithic burial mound known variously as 'Stapler's Mound' or 'Stapley Mound' lies between the village and the A1.
There are three known ghost stories about the village, one in the pub, one in the Hall and one around Stapley Lane.
The public house in the village is the Black Horse, which is open Tuesday to Friday Evenings and from noon at weekends, serving food and ales.