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Markenfield Hall

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Address: A61, Ripon HG4 3AD, England
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+44 1765 692303

Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive,...

Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, has been described as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of the drive. But for a quirk of fate – and the turnpike act of 1777 – Markenfield would be one of the most recognisable houses in Yorkshire and the nearby A61 would run along this now-Bridleway just 100m from its façade.As it is, the house is approached from the A61 Ripon to Harrogate Road along a humble farm track, past agricultural buildings and farm workers cottages. Parking at the side of the moat, visitors approach the building on foot – walking over the bridge that now serves the house in place of the former drawbridge – and the moment the Mediaeval Courtyard opens up as visitors pass beneath the Tudor Gatehouse never fails to astound. Open to the public for just 28 days each year - or to groups by appointment at virtually any other time - the Hall is still privately owned and in the hands of dedicated custodians.

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Wonderful moated Manor House in farmland, a little way from the main road. It has been converted into a family home but still retains lots of character. Information available and... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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285 reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful moated Manor House in farmland, a little way from the main road. It has been converted into a family home but still retains lots of character. Information available and also attendants in the various rooms. Wonderful fireplace. Outstanding chapel, still in regular use. Pleasant walk around the moat. Well worth a visit.

Thank poggy11
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Markenfield Hall is well worth a detour. The house is a historic gem in an interesting setting. Check on opening times before you visit!

Thank aokane
Skipton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

What a privelige to be able to visit this house of historic interest. When you consider this is still a private home, and occupied, it is easy to understand why viewing opportunities are limited and by appointment only - but don't let that put you off! We were fortunate enough to visit as part of a group and enjoyed tea... More 

1 Thank DavidandGeraldine
York, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Firstly we could not even start to write a review without thanking Sarah Robson who could not have been more supportive in helping us organise our special day. We knew that the venue was magical inside and out, but on the day the atmosphere was mesmerising for not just ourselves but for each and every one of our guests. The... More 

Thank Night_Owl_222
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We did the 'Tea and Tales' tour this week - prompted by discovering my great grandfather worked on the Markenfield Hall farm in the mid 19th century - and we had a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating visit. There are limited places on the tour, booked in advance, which is led by Dr Keith Jones ( excellent detail on the history... More 

1 Thank Steve F
1 review
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We married at Markenfield in July this year. From initial phonecall enquiry through to the day itself, Sarah the Wedding Coordinator couldn't have been more helpful, interested or supportive of our plans and ideas. The Hall itself is a beautiful and romantic venue which lent itself perfectly to our intimate wedding. Thank you to Sarah and Markenfield Hall for a... More 

Thank Rosina H
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Went with friends on one of the few days it's open. £5 per adult entry. A few rooms downstairs and a large room upstairs with high vaulted ceiling a Bedroom and another room. A moat around with ducks and swans and a walk around the outside. Not as much open to the public as you can see. Single track road... More 

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Gatehouse1310, Manager at Markenfield Hall, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of the Hall - we are indeed only open for a few days, it does cost £5 per adult and we don't open as many rooms to the public as you can see from the outside because as you point out it is a family home. The Hall is surrounded by its own... More 

Marske-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is well worth a visit but check on the opening times as the place is home to a family. Extra evening concerts are provided as are conducted garden walks with tea by the owner's wife and head gardener.

Thank Kingell
Leeds, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The hall is not open that much during the year, and only seems to be open in the afternoon. It is accessed down a long lane off the main Harrogate Ripon road, a few miles south of Ripon on the left hand side travelling north. There is a small sign which can be easy to miss. You could visit the... More 

Thank Michael T
Halifax, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Markenfield Hall is certainly worth a visit. This lovely manor house is surrounded by a moat with black swans and lots of ducks enjoying themselves in a very tranquil rural setting. Although there are limited viewing days during any year you should check this one out/ A wonderful great hall which really feels lived in by the owners. It is... More 

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