Set within its own private Estate, Thornton Watlass Hall is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and has been in the same family ever since.

It holds a fine collection of historic paintings, by artists such as Reynolds, Cotes, Beechey and Van Kessel. The Hall is also home to a substantial library of over 2000 books, including Soane's Sketches in Architecture, 1798, and volumes of De Moleville's Costume books, dated 1804, as well as many other first editions with some dating back to the 16th century.

Furniture includes a William and Mary cabinet on stand, Queen Anne bureau and the bed of Katherine Parr.

All these pieces are not just "on display" but are part of the family home and so can be viewed, touched, read etc by guests, which makes Thornton Watlass Hall such a unique place.


Groups are welcome to visit by appointment, light refreshments can be provided. 

Contact to book: 01677 422803

Find Us
Find us

11 miles north of Ripon, 4 miles west from junction 51 of the A1 and situated at the north end of the village of Thornton Watlass.

Closest station is Northallerton on the London to Edinburgh mainline and then a 20 minute taxi journey from there.


  • Offers bike storage

Coopers Taxis 01677 424252

  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets

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The Hall’s interior is splendidly furnished, finely decorated and marvellously unspoilt.

Though still very much a family home, we cater for guests, with rooms that have been sympathetically modernised with each room having its own bathroom, television with Freeview and built in DVD player, fridge and coffee / tea facility.

A small licensed honesty bar is available for guests and we have free WiFi. Well behaved dogs are welcome

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