The Lister Arms at Malham

Skipton, Yorkshire
+44 (0)1729 830444
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£80 - £182
per night

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

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£80 - £182 per night

The Experience

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 too. 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 barn has beautiful bedrooms, a shared lounge with a wood burner, and a warm welcome for families and dogs.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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



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


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

£15 per dog

Breakfast from £5. Lunch from £10. Dinner from £13. Sunday lunch £13.50.


The Lister Arms has all the charm that one expects from an old inn in a Yorkshire Dales village. An atmospheric pub and suitably creaky floors in the spacious rooms. This is serious walker country and the Arms welcomes muddy boots. What made it extra special were the friendly, professional and attentive staff that easily managed a hungry and thirsty crowd in both the pub and the restaurant.

Tim, Calgary

We ate here last night and it was fantastic. Lovely, friendly staff, great atmosphere and village, wonderful food. I had the meat platter, and the pork pie and pate were honestly the best I've ever tasted. My husband had the steak, and it was perfect. We'll definitely be back

Julie, Keighley, West Yorkshire

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 Daniel Thwaites

  • Crowned Yorkshire's Favourite Pub 2019! You’ll be hard pushed to find a finer looking pub in a more gorgeous village. Malham is a firm favourite with lovers of the great outdoors.
  • 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.
  • The Lister Arms itself sits on 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, a huge open fire and well-kept local ales.
  • 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!


Daniel Thwaites

Daniel Thwaites, founded in Mellor Brook near Blackburn in 1807, is still run as a family business. They branched out into hotels and country Inns in the late 1990s and Daniel Thwaites Inns has grown considerably during the 2000s. All of their lovely places to stay are innovative, generous-spirited and brimming with craftsmanship and warmth.