Marmion Tower



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Southwest of Masham, seek out this solid-looking 15th-century gatehouse near the church in West Tanfield, which once led to the stately riverside home of the Marmion family. William Parr, brother of Catherine, Henry VIII’s last wife, later owned the place. You can walk through the vaulted gate passage, and look up to see an elegant little oriel window on the outside wall. Spiral stairs lead up inside the square tower to what were once living chambers.

Marmion Tower


Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily Apr-Sep, 10-6; 1-30 Oct, 10-5, 31 Oct-Mar, 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan. Check website for changes to opening times

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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