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Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries.
Throughout this time it has offered an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the City of Ripon and across North Yorkshire as well acting as an iconic centre of the city itself.
The first stone church was founded by St Wilfrid and dedicated in 672, although it has been rebuilt several times since.
The ancient Saxon crypt, one of the oldest in the country, is the only part of Wilfrid's original church that remains to this day.
Ripon Cathedral also has many other interesting features, not least the medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls, which are believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.
Ripon Cathedral has a strong musical tradition with a respected choir coming from the church’s own choir school, who sing six services each week as well as a number of special events throughout the year.
The Cathedral holds several services a day and also a series of musical events and recitations open to all who may be interested.
Ripon Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8:30am to 6pm with visitors welcome to explore this breath taking building, except during services.
There is also a shop selling souvenirs, CDs, books and a range of other products and gifts.
Visitors have followed the pilgrim trail here for over 1300 years.
Whether you are coming to enjoy some special music, explore the ancient crypt, light a candle or simply to enjoy the atmosphere of this holy building, you are most welcome.
Guides and Welcomers are on duty in the Cathedral daily between 10am and 4.30pm and pride themselves on giving a warm Yorkshire welcome.
Please feel free to talk to them as they are full of interesting facts and will be delighted to answer your questions.
* Open all year
Open New Year
Monday: 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00
Open all year, eve
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