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King’s Head Hotel (Masham)

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Hotel Policies
Check-in From 14:00 hours
Check-Out 07:00 – 12:00 hours
Cancellation/Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.
Children and Extra Beds. Free! All children under 1 year stay free of charge when using existing beds. All children under 2 years are charged £15 per person per night for children’s costs/cribs. All older children or adults are charged £25 per person per night for extra beds. The maximum number of extra beds/children’s cots permitted in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed or child’s cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management. Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets Dogs are allowed.
Accepted Credit Cards American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.


Bar/Lounge On-site bar & lounge
Restaurant Pub restaurant on-site
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access to the hotel
Hairdryer In-room hairdryer
Free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi available
Television Flat-screen digital TV
Free Parking Ample on-site free parking
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities In-room tea & coffee making facilities
Telephone Facilities In-room telephone facilities

Special occasions at The King’s Head Hotel

The King’s Head Hotel provides an ideal setting for a wide range of special occasions in the Ripon, North Yorkshire area. Whether you are looking to host a private party, dining event or business meeting, our function room can host for a large number of people and offers superb in-house catering.

About the Hotel

The perfect base for exploring North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales

The Kings Head Hotel is a great venue when you are looking for a leisurely break in the North Yorkshire and Yorkshire Dales areas. A short drive and you can be enjoying a scenic picnic by Britain’s largest monastic ruin Fountains Abbey or the ruined monastery of Jervaulx Abbey. If you love hiking, follow the A6108 into Yorkshire Dales National Park and wander off the beaten track across high hills and moors divided by rugged stone walls and spotted with grand old houses.

How to get here

How to get here

The hotel is conveniently located just off the A6108, a little over 15 minutes from the A1 motorway. We are not far from Lightwater Valley Theme Park and Thirsk, Ripon and Harrogate are all within easy reach. To find us by satnav, use the postcode HG4 4EF.

Area & Hotel History

Combining modern comforts with traditional looks, The Kings Head Hotel dates back to the 18th century, a fine Georgian building overlooking the historic market square in Masham. Prior to becoming a hotel, the building was the local community’s tax office and posting house.


The market town of Masham dates back to Saxon times, offering an air of Old England thanks to its attractive almhouses and historic market square. A twice weekly market has been held in the square since 1393 and continues to this day. A plaque to commemorate the first market charter granted in 1250 can be found in the town, along with two more in 1328 and 1393.


Another of Masham’s attractions is St Mary’s Church, noted in the Domesday Book of 1086. Inside the churchyard you will find an ancient round pillar with figures representing Jesus, said to be part of a cross carved over a thousand years ago.


The scenic splendour of the Lower Wensleydale area has inspired some of Britain’s greatest artists. 16th century English poet, John Leland, described the local area as ‘a praty quick market town and faire chirch’. Famous landscape painter, Joseph Turner, visited Yorkshire in 1797 and frequently returned to gather inspiration from its romantic landscapes. Altogether, Turner created more than 70 drawings and paintings of the Yorkshire landscape throughout his life, and stopped specifically in Masham during his 1816 tour.


Famous for its family-run breweries, particularly Theakstons Brewery which has been in Masham since 1875, the area is renowned for having some of the finest beers around and are still popular with locals and visitors today.


Steam engines also hold strong ties with Masham, since the creation of Masham Steam Rally 38 years ago. The Town Hall Association’s brainchild was invented to save the Town Hall, which was in desperate need of restoring but lacked the funds to make it happen. Now, thousands of people from across Europe visit the Steam Rally, an annual celebration of this country’s engineering and agricultural heritage, showcasing vintage tractors, steam wagons and rollers. All funds go towards the upkeep of Masham’s beautiful town hall.

Local Attractions

About Masham

Masham is a historic market town situatedin the heart of the Yorkshire Dales along the western bank of the River Ure, a little over 15 minutes from the A1 motorway near Ripon.


The town is famous for its specialfamily-run breweries, steam engines and annual sheep fair which take place in its old market square. Overlooking the square is The Kings Head Hotel, just one of the many beautiful Georgian buildings that can be found in the area.


To the south-east lies St Mary’s Church, a beautiful church with a tall spire. The spire dates back to the 15th century and the church is mentioned in the Domesday Book.


Other notable events that take place in this pretty market town include the Yorkshire Festival of Ales in July, the Masham Arts Festival of Arts, held biennially at the end of October, and the Victorian Market in early December.


Lightwater Valley (15 miles)

Only 15 miles from Masham’s Kings Head Hotel, Lightwater Valley is one of the UK’s finest theme parks. Dare to enter the forest and step on board The Ultimate – Europe’s longest rollercoaster, or make a splash on the Wild River Rapids. Whatever exciting rides you choose to experience, Lightwater Valley will provide an unforgettable day out for the whole family.


Fountains Abbey (9.8 miles)

Britain’s largest monastic ruin is a World Heritage site that’s located in 800 acres of breathtaking Yorkshire countryside. Explore its 12th century abbey ruins, a picturesqueGeorgian water garden and medieval deer park.


Brimham Rocks (13.2 miles)

Scattered over 50 acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Brimham Moor in Nidderdale are the weird and wonderful rock formations of Brimham Rocks. Their peculiar shapes suggest a whole manner of things, from elephants to bear, mushrooms to even the devil himself.


Hackfall Woods (2.8 miles)

Bought by John Aislabie in 1731 Hackfall Woods is a popular visitor attraction in Yorkshire. Particularly popular in Victorian times, Hackfall Woods has many hidden gems throughout the woods including grottoes, waterfalls and follies. Now a Grade I listed garden, these stunning woods are well worth a visit when you’re staying at the King’s Head in Masham.


Forbidden Corner (10.5 miles)

Originally built as a private folly by Colin Armstrong in 1979, this curious visitors attraction describes itself as the ‘strangest place in the world’. Be swallowed up into the open-mouthed tower or hug the pointing tree, there are so many weird and wonderful follies to see at this most unusual visitor attraction.


Ripon Races (11.4 miles)

Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse, Ripon Races has staged entertaining race meets for more than 300 years. Set in the historical market town of Ripon, the racing season begins in April every year staging more than 16 meets. A lively atmosphere and fantastic facilities guarantee a great race experience.


Black Sheep Brewery (0.3 miles)

This traditional brewhouse has been creating the distinctive taste and aromas of Blacksheep beer for more than 20 years in Masham. Take the guided tour and discover how ingredients are selected and learn the science behind their unique brewing process, which still uses Yorkshire Square Fermenting Vessels that were developed over 200 years ago.

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