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A moated medieval country house? I haven't seen the like of it anywhere else. Grounds and the house... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ilkley, United Kingdom

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

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Worcester, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A moated medieval country house? I haven't seen the like of it anywhere else. Grounds and the house interior are of the highest standard, very moving. Limited admission periods.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank smithbenrhydd
Reviewed 11 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ray S
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 3 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 June 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 2 May 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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank davidrobson10
Reviewed 18 April 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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed 22 January 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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13 June 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
13 August 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
21 June 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