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"You look tired, friend. The Bannered Mare has beds for rent."
Whiterun Guards[src]

The Bannered Mare, serving as Whiterun's most popular gathering place, functions as a tavern and inn that offers mead, food and a warm, welcoming fire. Almost anyone can be found in the tavern after the shops and stalls close. Its sign is that of a horse carrying a banner.

Cultural significance[]

Hulda, the publican, is fond of telling the story of the horse, which belonged to a Nord king who died in battle; the king may have died, but his favorite filly carried his banner still, inspiring the leader’s warriors to victory.

Ysolda often tells the Dragonborn that after she has made enough money from trading with the Khajiit Caravans she is going to buy the Bannered Mare from Hulda, however this never actually happens in-game, unless Hulda is killed. Hulda also mentions, when asked about the inn, that she is ready to retire and perhaps she will sell the inn to Ysolda.

Architectural design[]

The building has a central tavern area and an adjacent kitchen with a business ledger and strongbox near the roasting spit. To the rear of the main bar area is a small bedroom and office where shady deals may be done. There are two sets of steps to separate bedroom areas. Hulda will always send Saadia over to the player, offering food and drink or, in the quest "In My Time of Need," an option about the Alik'r.

A "loot" shadowmark resides on to the lower right of the door.


  • Bed – 10 Gold
  • Food – sold by Hulda & Saadia
  • Listen to Hulda tell rumors.
  • Music – played by Mikael. He offers The Age of Aggression and Ragnar the Red as songs and the Tale of the Tongues after finishing the main quest line.
  • Brawl against Uthgerd the Unbroken (and Mikael, if the option to persuade him to stop bothering Carlotta Valentia).
  • If the Dragonborn takes a seat in the chair or on the bench by the fire, Saadia will be reminded by Hulda to serve them.
  • Once the Dragonborn has started the quest "In My Time of Need," the Dragonborn can sleep for free in the small bedroom across from Saadia's room. 
  • If the Dragonborn sells firewood to Hulda, the Dragonborn can sleep in the small room across from Saadia's room or the main bedroom (usually rented) for free. This lasts for the rest of the game.confirmation needed The containers in these rooms are not "safe," meaning the items left in them may disappear.


In My Time of Need[]

Several Alik'r bounty hunters may approach the Dragonborn in Whiterun, searching for a runaway fugitive. The fugitive, now going by the name Saadia, can be found in the room left of the main tavern room or upstairs. Regardless of whom the Dragonborn decides to help, they must return here to speak with Saadia again.

To Kill an Empire[]

After accepting the contract Amaund Motierre gives at Volunruud, he resides at the Bannered Mare. He must be approached after Emperor Titus Mede II is killed. Optionally, he may be killed in his room near the rear of the facility.

A Night to Remember[]

Possible location for Sam Guevenne, who wants to engage the Dragonborn in a drinking contest. After several drinks, the Dragonborn blacks out, waking up in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth.

A Few Words with You[]

Mikael, the bard, must be convinced to stop bothering Carlotta. 

The Whispering Door[]

Investigate The Whispering Door.

Argonian Ale Extraction[]

Steal a rare bottle of Argonian Ale for Brenuin. The bottle of ale is on a shelf in the back room, near the cooking spit. It will not be there if the Dragonborn does not have the quest. 

Notable inhabitants[]



  • Hulda can be befriended by selling her firewood for 5 Gold a piece, allowing the Dragonborn to take almost everything in the Bannered Mare, including the Argonian Ale. It will also allow the Dragonborn to use the rentable bed for free.
  • If Hulda is killed and Saadia is taken away during "In My Time of Need," Ysolda will take their place. Since Ysolda is essential throughout the game, she will be a permanent innkeeper.


This section contains bugs related to The Bannered Mare. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   XB1   PS4   Standing on the fireplace in third person blocks the light being emitted from the flame and therefore causes the room to darken.
  •  PC   360   PS3   XB1   PS4   The bench closest to the counter is unable to be sat on. The prompt is still given, though, and other characters can be seen sitting on it.
  •  PS4   Pointing the camera above the fireplace when facing it can cause the smoke and flame to turn invisible. The heat and light emitted won't be affected, though.