The Lister Arms at Malham

Skipton, Yorkshire

Gorgeous village green, flagged floors, well-kept ales, local food, lovely bedrooms, a new barn conversion... great for exploring Yorkshire


23 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


You’ll be hard pushed to find a finer looking pub in a more gorgeous village. The National Trust’s Malham is a favourite with potholers (this part of Yorkshire is rich with caverns) but there are many surface pleasures to be had. Sitting on the edge of the village green, the 17th-century coaching inn was once home to the first Lord of Ribblesdale and very grand it looks too. Don’t stand on ceremony: inside are flagged floors, wood-burning stoves and well-kept local ales. Darren also puts an interesting menu together using mostly local produce. You could start with game galantine, and move onto blackened prawn and salmon stroganoff; if you have room, finish with rum soaked apple and sultana crumble. Staying the night? Choose a contemporary new room in the cottage, or head upstairs to one of the comfy bedrooms with calm colours, lovely linen and pristine bathrooms; many have views over the village green to the hills beyond. The newly opened barn has beautiful bedrooms, a shared lounge with a wood burner, and a warm welcome for dogs.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Lunch from £5.50. Mains from £9. Sunday lunch, £12.50.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles from £80 to £130.
6 Twins
From £80
5 Family rooms for 4
From £110
12 Doubles
From £80


We stayed at the Lister Arms last weekend with our 2 children aged 8 and 6. Our room was beautiful. We were so surprised by the size of it- we were expecting their bunk bed to be in our room, but it was upstairs, along with a full bathroom and separate toilet. It was beautifully appointed, even had a hot water bottle and ear plugs. The bed was very comfortable. We also had access to a communal lounge with a fireplace, comfy chairs and board games. The Inn itself is only a short walk down the road and across a little bridge. The food was delicious and the people so friendly and helpful.

Jane, Glasgow

My husband and I have just had 2 nights at the Lister Arms. Amazing Inn/Hotel - Character room so large and comfortable with a large walk-in shower. Staff amazing very friendly and food very reasonably priced and enjoyable. They are great animal lovers and your dog would be made more than welcome. We unfortunately picked the wrong weather but we will certainly go back in the spring.

Wendy, Middlewich cheshire

Wonderful stay from the prime location in beautiful Malham to the supremely comfortable bed, excellent shower and amazingly helpful staff. Breakfast was one of the highlights - especially the extra sausage for our dog! Will definitely be returning.


Stayed many times with our dog max. just a fab place and so friendly.


Stayed in a dog friendly family room. The atmosphere was great, loads of friendly people -guests and staff. Very relaxed. Food and real ale was goodd and room was comfy. Really good value for money. Would definitely recommend it and will go again.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Thwaites Inns

  • We are located at the bottom of the picturesque Malham Cove; a well-known beauty spot. It is a large curved limestone cliff at the head of the valley, with a vast area of limestone pavement at the top, perfect for long walks.
  • Janet Foss is a popular waterfall and another beauty spot. It takes its name from the Old Norse word for waterfall or forces, and Janet (or Jennet) believed to be the queen of the local fairies who lived behind the fall in a small cave.
  • Discover the highest lake in England; Malham Tarn which is an impressive 377 metres above sea-level and is home to a wide variety of birds and aquatic wildlife.
  • Skipton is the nearest large town and is a thriving hub with independent shops, market stalls and cafes a plenty. Skipton is filled with history and home to one of the best preserved medieval castles in England.
  • There are many opportunities for caving near to our inn. With routes suitable for beginners or experts. There are deep pools, waterfalls and climbs; perfect for the more adventurous types!
  • The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the best mountain biking in the UK, so make the most of it while you are visiting our inn! From rolling fells, technical descents, bridleways and purpose designed forest trials; there is adventure for everyone!