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.
The earliest part of the house was built circa 1230, and this earlier house was bought and enlarged by John de Markenfield, who received the Licence to Crenellate the Hall on 28 February 1310.
The Markenfield family owned the Hall until their fateful involvement in the Rising of the North in 1569 when the Hall and its surrounding farmland were confiscated by Elizabeth I.
The house was bought – and essentially saved – in 1761 by Fletcher Norton, the first Lord Grantley of Markenfield (a title still held by the family).
In 1980 7th Lord Grantley began the restoration of Markenfield – turning it from a cold and draughty farmhouse into the much-loved family home that visitors see today.
5 to 19 May and 16 to 30 June 2019 from 2pm to 5pm.
Between Ripon and Harrogate (entrance off the A61 three miles south of Ripon).
36 bus between Ripon and Leeds runs every 20 minutes and stops 100m from the bottom of the drive on A61.
Nearest train station is Harrogate.
Ripon Taxis 01765 600128
Historic Houses members visit for free on open days, not available on guided tours or at events.
£6 per adult
£5 per senior
£4 per concession and child
£8 per person
£12 per person with tea and cake
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
Organised groups are welcome at the Hall, by prior arrangement, throughout the year – except on the 30 afternoons when the Hall is open to the general public.
We only accept one group per morning, afternoon or evening; so yours will be the only group visiting the Hall giving your friends and colleagues to take their time a view the Hall at a leisurely place and absorb all that they are told.
A word from the owner
It is an extraordinary privilege for us to live in the most unspoilt surviving early 14th-century house in the whole of England. Although we have tried to make it interesting with explanations here and there, most of all it is our private home. You'll occasionally encounter family muddle, dogs and grandchildren racing about. We do hope you enjoy your visit.
The Hall was confiscated following the Rising of the North in 1569 following Sir Thomas Markenfield's involvement in the plot to remove Elizabeth I from the throne and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots.
The Hall's Archives also contain a number of letters, poems and plays by the Victorian feminist campaigner Caroline Norton. She was married to 3rd Lord Grantley's brother The Hon. George Norton, and she was pivotal in the introduction of women's rights following divorce - namely access to their children, who were previously considered the property of the father.
Markenfield Hall, its outline reflected in the encircling moat, provides a wonderfully intimate venue for a wedding.
Hidden in the rolling North Yorkshire countryside, yet within easy reach of Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds, Markenfield Hall is a unique and beautiful venue for a small wedding.
Unlike many venues, Markenfield Hall does not offer a fixed wedding package. Because of the intimate nature of the Hall, and the guarantee that yours will be the only wedding here on the day, we are able to tailor your day to your needs.
Because it is our private home we take a lot of trouble to ensure you have everything you want. With a variety of rooms available, as well as our own private chapel, the gardens within the moat, the black swans who will probably visit you in the orchard and the cows from the farm often peering across the moat fence to see what’s going on; we can tailor a bespoke day that will live in your’s and your guests memories for ever.
Markenfield has a variety of rooms of differing sizes – from the Vaulted Study that can seat eight guests for the most intimate Wedding Ceremony, to the Great Hall that can seat 35 for a majestic wedding breakfast. Any or all of them are available by arrangement to make your wedding a day to remember.
All wedding catering at Markenfield Hall is carried out by Dusty Miller Caterers. Brian and Elizabeth Dennison have over 35 years experience of restaurant and outside catering, having run the acclaimed Dusty Miller Restaurant at Low Laithe until the autumn of 2005.
The Dennisons have a very personal approach to catering – they will meet with you, either at Markenfield or at a place of your choice, to discuss your ideas; your likes, your dislikes, your budget and the season in which your big day will be held.
I attended my daughters wedding at this idyllic historic house. Perfect in every way, highly recommended.
Markenfield Hall provides a small venue in which to host a private meeting.