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“Fascinating history”
Review of Markenfield Hall

Markenfield Hall
Ranked #10 of 35 things to do in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I discovered the existence of Markenfield a couple of years ago on holiday. It sounded right up my alley, but it wasn't open when I was in the area. This year, when returning to the area, I discovered you could book a tour and afternoon tea and leapt at the chance. I wasn't disappointed! The hall itself is fascinating - not huge, but certainly beautiful and packed full of history. Our tour was given by an extremely knowledgeable friend of the family who was able to fit in a huge amount of information in an interesting and informative way. The talk was detailed, and in most rooms we were able to sit down to fully enjoy the experience. We were also able to explore on our own at various points and ask as many questions as we wished.

It is quite a different experience to visiting the usual National Trust type of stately home and one that is well worth seeking out.

In addition, the afternoon tea after the tour was absolutely magnificent - we all ate plenty and no one went hungry!

5  Thank BeakerCat
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

went as part of my viziting local places. lovelly setting great for a picnic if quiet staff really friendly and happy to field questions. not really a place for kids tho as really history oriented so pretty interesting as adult.

2  Thank xzandra
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This is a moated house and chapel dating from c.1300 I came across unexpectedly. It is a real home, so is only open for limited times - Google it and find the website.

The volunteer staff are so helpful and actively invite you to sit on all the family's chairs so you can read the excellent information sheets. The juxtaposition of a really significant historical building combined with the family history and photos leaves a lasting impression.

1  Thank johnnychips
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Only open in June. Was very busy when we arrived, but quietened down half way through the afternoon. Guides very helpful and friendly. There are toilets but no refreshments on site. The nearby garden centre does have a good bistro, but it stops serving at 4pm.

1  Thank Isobel M
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Fantastic visit to markenfield Hall just outside Ripon.Its a beautiful C14 fortified Manor house with an exeptional History going back to an entry in the Doomsday book.The guides in each room were welcoming and full of historic facts about its history.A much loved family home.The hall is also.licensed for civil marriage ceromonies.A lovely romantic place for an intimate wedding.The Hall.also.hosts lots of different events.I just loved this house.

2  Thank maisyleo
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