15 Best Markarth Mods for Skyrim

Markarth is one of Skyrim’s most strange towns.

Even though there is a civil war, dragon attacks, and other big things happening in Markarth, the people there seem to have bigger problems of their own.

This stone and orange metal jungle couldn’t be more different from the rest of Skyrim.

I’ve never liked spending time in Markarth, but I was able to enjoy it more with some great mods that make the city better and make it worth going there. Here are some of the best ones I’ve seen.

15. GG’s Markarth Farm

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This mod completely overhauls the Salvius Farm area in Markarth. The modder has taken great care to improve the appearance and functionality of the area.

The modder also has a Patreon for support and is working on new projects, which supporters can try out before they are released.

The mod is time-consuming to create, so any support is highly appreciated.

14. Markarth Fixed AF

This mod fully fixes and improves all buildings, terrains, clutters, and landscape meshes in Markarth.

The modder has taken great care to ensure that everything is fixed and improved.

The modder also has a Patreon for support and is working on new projects, which supporters can try out before they are released.

The mod is time-consuming to create, so any support is highly appreciated.

13. Unique Markarth Doors – Security Overhaul SKSE – Base Object Swapper

This mod replaces some Dwemer doors in Markarth with new unique doors using Base Object Swapper.

The mod contains 4 new doors with different sizes and styles, which are based on the Markarth specific door from the original game that was only used twice.

The new doors do not change the doors to actual Dwemer dungeons like Markarth Ruins, Dwemer Museum, and Nchuand-Zel.

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The mod uses your own textures, and it works great with Security Overhaul SKSE – Regional Locks. The new doors will use the Markarth regional lock.

The mod also edits some door dimensions to prevent clipping with the door frame. It is an ESL mod with a Fomod installer that has open cities/no open cities options.

12. Markarth – A Reflective Experience

This mod fixes some issues with the building meshes in Markarth and adds environment maps to all exterior Dwemer buildings in the region.

The environment maps make the exterior metal parts reflective, matching the interior meshes and improving the overall appearance of the buildings.

It is a personal improvement mod that aims to enhance the visual experience of the game.

11. Sconces of Skyrim – Markarth Braziers Improved

This mod is an improvement for the braziers in the Markarth city of the game. It enhances the appearance of the braziers and is an extension of the Static Mesh Improvement Mod.

The mod requires the Static Mesh Improvement Mod to work properly. The compatibility of this mod is high, and it can be loaded after all other mods.

10. City Entrances Overhaul – Markarth

One of Markarth’s most remarkable features is the entrance – something you miss if you get there by accident after going out to drink with Sam Guevene during A Night to Remember.

Markarth is a fortress city. It’s supposed to be impregnable!

The entrance sort of reflects that, but I don’t know if it’s enough with the menace of Forsworn or dragon attacks looming over the city.

City Entrances Overhaul – Markarth by JPSteel2 explores what a truly fortified Markarth could look like. The new walled fortress is colossal, armed to the teeth, and manned by the bravest Markarth soldiers.

But if you want to run CEO Markarth with any of the following mods, an increased compatibility version is available here.

9. Markarth Side Refine

A critical aspect of improving cities that you could easily overlook is the populace itself.

Vanilla Skyrim NPCs aren’t exactly ugly – this isn’t Oblivion – but most of them could definitely use a shower and some conditioner.

Markarth Side Refine beautifies almost every single character in The Reach, so they match your equally attractive modded Dragonborn.

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The mod remains faithful to each NPCs original concept, but refines their facial features, fixes up their hair, and makes them easier on the eye.

8. JK’s Skyrim

JKrojmal’s fantastic city overhauls have been a staple of Skyrim modding for ages.

JK’s Skyrim brings together all of his projects into a single mod for a quick and easy overhaul of every settlement – including Markarth.

This mod leans into Markarth’s Dwemer aesthetic while completely transforming the smithy area, adding new buildings, and changing the décor to give the city a more prosperous look.

It also introduces some well-placed landmarks that make it easier to navigate the city from memory.

7. MRF’s Markarth

A great and simple way to improve the look of a city without messing with its basic structure is by replacing the textures with better, more detailed alternatives.

MRF’s Markarth gives the city a beautiful and realistic look with parallax textures that add depth to irregular surfaces and better reflections to Dwemer metal.

The retexture extends beyond Markarth and into the Dwemer ruins underneath, a nice touch.

Other than the higher-quality textures, I love the addition of moss here and there. Skyrim must be pretty humid, and if people can thrive in Markarth, so can moss!

6. Clevercharff’s Markarth & Dwemer Ruins

Another fantastic visual mod you can’t miss is Clevercharff’s new 4K & 2K textures for Markarth and the Dwemer Ruins within.

This add-on adds depth and detail to the stone.

It looks meticulously carved rather than mass-produced.

You even get to choose what color the carved accents are in the city!

Another highlight is the new Dwemer metal, which looks a lot more metallic.

5. Sky City – Markarth Rising

Usually, you’d think of Markarth as a primarily underground city. There are catacombs, Dwemer ruins, and presumably tons of other facilities we just don’t get access to in the game.

Sky City Markarth Rising by Reindeer51 flips the concept around by developing the city vertically. Instead of assuming there are more buildings underground, we see them rising far above us, embedded in the mountains like everything else in the city.

You’ll see towers and fortifications, Dwemer machinery, and architectural features that sell you the idea of a large and bustling city.

This mod shines for being extremely easy to pair with other overhauls since it keeps to the higher areas of the city.

4. Greater Markarth Expansion

One of the most recent additions to the pantheon of awesome Markarth mods is Greater Markarth Expansion by Domenicus.

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This new overhaul aims to improve Markarth without overshadowing the vanilla city or making it more cramped than it already is.

There’s a lot to discover, like a new tavern and a bakery, but my favorite addition is the new watchtower. What a view from up there!

These natural-looking structures fit the vanilla aesthetic and don’t draw your attention away from Markarth’s classic buildings.

3. Frankly HD Markarth – The White City Redux

One thing that really disappointed me about vanilla Markarth was how mundane everything felt despite it being one of the most hardcore cities in Skyrim lore-wise.

I think part of the reason was the uninspired textures. They weren’t great in Dwemer ruins, and they didn’t work any better for an entire city.

FrankFamily’s Frankly HD Markarth (and Dwemer ruins) is the perfect add-on to make The Reach more epic.

These textures are detailed, crisp, and more three-dimensional than their vanilla counterparts.

Make sure to check out the Parallax version if your rig can handle it.

2. Frankly HD Markarth & Dwemer Ruin Expansion

Frankly HD Markarth has been the gold standard for a long time.

You can’t go wrong with it!

Still, it’s easy to find a couple of textures that could have used some improvement and were sadly overlooked.

Creator Kulharin took matters into their own hands and put together a complete Markarth & Dwemer ruin retexture by filling in the gaps in Frankly HD Markarth with textures from other mods.

Note: it still requires the original Frankly HD Markarth to work, so it’s considered an expansion.

1. Skyland Markarth

We’ve taken a look at some fantastic mods already.

But none have really challenged Bethesda’s vision for the city.

Skyland Markarth by JohnRose81 provides all-new textures that aren’t afraid to stray from the same earthy tones in every other mod and vanilla Skyrim.

The result is a wholly renewed city that elicits a very different feeling from the visitor.

Rather than old and oppressive, Skyland Markarth looks like a sun-bathed historic Greek town you’d want to vacation in.