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This little gem is found at the end of a very long lane a moated mediaeval manor house and many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Remarkable early C13 moated castellated Hall with exceptional continued family residence

It was an obvious place to visit during our Ripon holiday and being National Trust members didn't... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ray S
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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...more
A61, Ripon HG4 3AD, England
+44 1765 692303
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little gem is found at the end of a very long lane a moated mediaeval manor house and many thanks must go to the owners for allowing the public into their family home. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we had an interesting and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an obvious place to visit during our Ripon holiday and being National Trust members didn't even need to pay the modest £5 entry fee in our case. We are most grateful to the owners for opening up to the public what is indeed...More

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The most unspoilt surviving early C14th country house in England. The guides were fantastic; knowledgable, friendly, funny.

Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a National Trust site. The "Hall" is about 700 years old and a moated manor house. You cannot go inside except on open days but the Mediaeval courtyard and the grounds are well kept and together with the moat are very impressive. Open...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed June 20, 2018

I was fortunate enough to visit Ripon during the few weeks when Markenfield Hall is open to the public, and warmly recommend visiting: it's a delightful moated manor house, with a long history, a lovely library, a black cat, two black swans, and lots of...More

1  Thank Sara F
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

This is an early 14th century house , which is still lived in today & the farm is still active. It is built in stone & parts of original building can still be seen . There is a lovely chapel within the building. There are...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed May 2, 2018

The property is only open for 2 weeks in May, and I visited on 30/04/18. It is a buiding from 1310, with connections to the nearby Fountains Abbey, inhabited by the current owners, therefore only a portion of the property open to the public. On...More

1  Thank davidrobson10
Reviewed April 18, 2018

This is a private house and is only open at certain times or by special arrangement so check up before you go. I went as a member of a group by special arrangement. The house is surrounded by a moat and is approached via the...More

1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed January 22, 2018

We stumbled on information about this Hall and because of the limited details that we could find, we questioned whether we should travel 40 miles to visit. How pleased we were that the house was open. It only opens for limited periods of the year...More

Thank AndyR3250
Reviewed December 22, 2017

We went to a wedding at this place. was totally blown away did not no it was there totally beautiful.

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Carol H
June 13, 2018|
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Response from Gatehouse1310 | Property representative |
Hello - yes of course. Entry is £6 per adult, £5 per senior and £3 per concession. Kind regards, Sarah
August 13, 2017|
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Response from Nigel G | Reviewed this property |
Hi, if you look up my review, I think I will have covered everything you would need to know to make your visit enjoyable. Kind Regards Nigel
Emme M
June 21, 2017|
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Response from Gatehouse1310 | Property representative |
Hello - it is reasonably... Dogs are welcome in the grounds inside the Courtyard and on three sides of the moat walk - the fourth side of the moat walk is through a field that contains cows and we would ask that you don't go... More