Malham Tarn

Animal-Centred Attraction


Tarn House, a fine example of a Georgian country residence is set in its own wooded grounds. Malham Tarn Field Centre is an ideal place to study a wide range of subjects and we offer courses at all levels for schools, colleges and universities as well as special interest and leisure courses for adults and families. Our programme of courses is detailed in this leaflet and includes something for everyone – whether a fun holiday or learning experience.

Groups wishing to use the Centre as a venue for their own course, conference or event, whether on a residential or daily basis, are also welcome. Please enquire about prices.

Accommodation and facilities.

Visitors will find a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The accommodation is warm and comfortable, situated in Tarn House, and converted stable blocks. Many bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and all have tea & coffee making facilities. There are four well equipped study rooms, library, drying room, common rooms and bar. Waterproof clothing and walking boots are available for hire.


In addition to a cooked breakfast and wholesome home-cooked evening meal, you are provided with the ingredients to make a picnic lunch to enjoy wherever your course may take you. Facilities for making drinks are available at all times.

The Centre is situated on the north shore of Malham Tarn at an altitude of 381m, set in the magnificent limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The estate is owned by the National Trust who lease the Centre to the FSC.

The area is of outstanding interest for its geology and landscape and the Tarn – a shallow lake fed by springs from the surrounding limestone – is the focus of an internationally important National Nature Reserve, a Ramsar site and three SSSIs. There is an astonishing variety of plant and animal habitats for the altitude, ranging from woodlands and grasslands to a fascinating complex of wetlands and open water. A long sequence of human occupation has left its mark on this distinctive landscape.

Malham Tarn Field Centre, opened in 1947, was one of the first of fifteen residential Centres in England and Wales run by the Field Studies Council, an independent educational charity, which promotes a better understanding of our environment.


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