Markenfield Hall

Type:Historic Site / Building

Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3AD

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From the first glimpse of the hall from between the farm buildings, to the moment the mediaeval courtyard opens up as visitors pass beneath the Tudor gatehouse, Markenfield never fails to astound. Starting in the Undercroft - the original mediaeval kitchen and storage area - where the scars of the vaulting can be clearly seen, the history of this great house begins to unfold.
From here, upstairs to the Great Hall and on to the Chapel, which in turn leads onto the four poster bedroom. Visitors are kept informed by the hall's friendly guildes. An ideal end to the visit is a walk around the moat. Originally built defensively, the moat is now patrolled by a pair of black swans.

Situated between Ripon and Harrogate, Markenfield is surrounded by a wealth of attractions including Newby Hall, Ripley Castle and Fountains Abbey. Refreshments can be found at The George and Cascade Bistro, both within 5 minutes drive on the A61.

Guide Prices

£10 per Adult, £6 per Senior and £3 per Concession, £3 per child.
Entrance is free to members of the Historic Houses Association, members of The Friends of Markenfield and to those who work or volunteer at Tourist Information Centres.


Road Directions

By Road:
Three miles south of Ripon. The entrance to the drive is between two low stone walls on the west side of the A61. Disabled parking is available just outside the moat.

By Public Transport:
The 36 Ripon to Leeds bus stops at the bottom of the drive and runs every 20 minutes. Please note: the drive is one mile long.

Accessible by Public Transport: Harrogate station is 8 miles away.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Wedding Venue

Parking & Transport

  • Parking

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours


Opening Times

May 2020 Opening Times (3 May 2020 - 17 May 2020)
Monday - Sunday14:00 - 17:00
June 2020 Opening Times (14 June 2020 - 28 June 2020)
Monday - Sunday14:00 - 17:00

* Last entry is 16:30.

Group bookings accepted by appointment all year round.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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